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).
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)Read on
Oct 28, 2021
Speaker: Catherine Brooke Penaloza-Patzak (University of Vienna/University of Pennsylvania)Read on
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)Read on
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 ResearchRead on
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)Read on
Die Lehren des Luftkriegs: Sozialwissenschaftliche Expertise in den USA vom Zweiten Weltkrieg bis Vietnam
Transatlantische Historische Studien. Band 59. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2020.Read on
Bulletin 66 (Spring 2020)Read on
Das Pazifikbüro des DHI Washington. Aufbauphase 2017-2019Read on
Andrea Westermann & Onur Erdur, eds.
Histories of Migrant Knowledge: Transatlantic and Global Perspectives
Bulletin Supplement 15 (2020)Read on
Bulletin 65 (Fall 2019)
Forum: The Weimar Republic ReconsideredRead on
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.Read on
Axel Jansen, John Krige & Jessica Wang, eds.
Empires of Knowledge
Special Issue, History and Technology 35.3 (2019)Read on
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.Read on