History of Knowledge

The history of knowledge analyzes the production and circulation of knowledge, taking into consideration a broad spectrum of actors, practices, and social contexts. It seeks to understand the creation of knowledge orders and systems along with the power relationships upon which they rest. The development of the field has taken different paths in Europe and North America. Consequently, a central objective of the GHI’s program in the history of knowledge is to spur transatlantic exchange on research methodologies. The history of knowledge also serves as vehicle for collaboration across the GHI’s core research fields and other subfields of history. Notably, the GHI’s Pacific Regional Office in Berkeley “Migrant Knowledge” initiative is supporting research at the intersection of migration history and the history of knowledge.

Photo Credit: The Wealth of the Nation, 1938. Seymour Fogel, Social Security Building (Voice of America).

Team


Projects


Innovation through Tradition? Jewish Educational Media and Cultural Transformation in the Face of Modernity Religion, Knowledge, and Education as Key Elements of Socio-Cultural Transformation

German-Israeli cooperative research project bringing that investigates the transformation of Jewish daily life through the prism of its central spaces of teaching, learning and knowledge.

Interaction and Knowledge in the Pacific Region: Entanglements and Disentanglements

A project funded by the German Ministry for Education and Research (March 2019 – February 2022)

Events & Conferences


Sep 23, 2021

Environments of Exile: Refugees, Nature, and Representations

Biennial Conference of the North American Society for Exile Studies at Queen's University, Kingston, ON | Conveners: Swen Steinberg (Queen’s University, Kingston / GHI PRO) and Helga Schreckenberger (University of Vermont, Burlington)

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Oct 28, 2021

Research Seminar

Speaker: Catherine Brooke Penaloza-Patzak (University of Vienna/University of Pennsylvania)

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Nov 11, 2021

Asking the Impossible: The Hunger for the Unknowable in 20th-Century US & European Thought

35th Annual Lecture of the GHI Washington (Virtual) | Speaker: Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen (University of Wisconsin); Comment: Michael Hochgeschwender (Ludwig Maximilians Universität München)

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Apr 04, 2022

Knowledge on the Move: Information Networks During and After the Holocaust

International Workshop at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles | Conveners: Robin M Buller (GHI | PRO, UC Berkeley), Wolf Gruner (USC Dornsife Center for Advanced Genocide Research), Anne-Christin Klotz (GHI | PRO, UC Berkeley) | Co-organized by the Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington (GHI | PRO) and the USC Dornsife Center for Advanced Genocide Research

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Nov 03, 2022

German Migrants and Migrating Knowledge in Latin American History

Conference at GHI Washington | Conveners: Simone Lässig (GHI Washington), Mario Peters (GHI Washington), H. Glenn Penny (University of Iowa), Stefan Rinke (Freie Universität Berlin)

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Publications


Sophia Dafinger

Die Lehren des Luftkriegs: Sozialwissenschaftliche Expertise in den USA vom Zweiten Weltkrieg bis Vietnam

Transatlantische Historische Studien. Band 59. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2020.

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Das Pazifikbüro des DHI Washington. Aufbauphase 2017-2019

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Andrea Westermann & Onur Erdur, eds.

Histories of Migrant Knowledge: Transatlantic and Global Perspectives

Bulletin Supplement 15 (2020)

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Bulletin 65 (Fall 2019)

Forum: The Weimar Republic Reconsidered

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Simone Lässig & Andreas Weiß, eds.

The World of Children: Foreign Cultures in Nineteenth-Century German Education and Entertainment

Studies in German History. Vol. 24. New York: Berghahn Books, 2020.

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Axel Jansen, John Krige & Jessica Wang, eds.

Empires of Knowledge

Special Issue, History and Technology 35.3 (2019)

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Jan Logemann, Gary Cross & Ingo Köhler, eds

Consumer Engineering, 1920s–1970s: Marketing between Expert Planning and Consumer Responsiveness

Worlds of Consumption. New York: Palgrave McMillan, 2019.

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Latest News


Fellowship

2022 Gerald D. Feldman Travel Grants

Deadline: October 8, 2022 | The Max Weber Stiftung's Gerald D. Feldman Travel Grants provide funding up to 3 months travel funding for junior scholars…

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Fellowship

Binational Visiting Tandem Fellowship in the History of Migration at GHI PRO in Berkeley

Deadline: November 1, 2021 | The GHI is seeking applications for a Binational Visiting Fellow Tandem at its Pacific Regional Office at UC Berkeley.

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Video

Watch recording of our event "The Language of Dreams: Yoko Tawada in conversation with Elisabeth Krimmer and Jonas Teupert"

If you were unable to watch our event "The Language of Dreams: Yoko Tawada in conversation with Elisabeth Krimmer and Jonas Teupert" live, it is now…

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Watch recording of our event "Unreadable Archives: Zafer Şenocak in conversation with Deniz Göktürk and Kristin Dickinson"

If you were unable to watch our event "Unreadable Archives: Zafer Şenocak in conversation with Deniz Göktürk and Kristin Dickinson" live, it is now…

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Watch recording of our event "Public Transport in the Americas: Mobility and Transatlantic Scientific Exchanges"

If you were unable to watch our event "Public Transport in the Americas: Mobility and Transatlantic Scientific Exchanges" live, it is now available on…

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