The GHI’s longstanding engagement with the migration of German speakers to North America from the seventeenth century to the present is the foundation for the broader program on the history of migration and mobility that has developed at the institute since 2015. Several GHI-supported projects look beyond the flows of European migrants across the Atlantic and analyze migrant groups and receiving societies around the world, including in a transpacific and inter-American perspective. Particular attention is given to diasporic communities, migrants’ agency and networks, and comparative research on the social and cultural integration of migrants.
The research at the institute also places a focus on spatial mobility and its social impacts and asymmetries by bringing together projects on migration with colleagues working on different mobile groups, objects, information, or ideas. The notion of multiple and uneven mobilities provides the opportunity to explore global and transregional entanglements and ruptures, continuities and disconnections. The conference series and research network “In Global Transit” combines the history of forced migration and mobility studies to explore the spatialities and temporalities of escape trajectories. Current GHI research projects on traffic networks investigate the materiality of infrastructure and how complex networks were managed locally.
The GHI’s research focus on mobilities and migration is closely linked to its established program in the history of knowledge. The roles of migrants as producers and transmitters of distinctive bodies of knowledge is the focus of the “Migrant Knowledge” initiative at the GHI’s Pacific Regional Office. The collaborative project "Migrant Connections" draws on the tools of digital history to explore the ways German emigrants and their family and friends at home created or dismissed transnational spaces of communication and knowledge circulation.
Photo Credit: El Shatt, UNRRA Refugee Camp, 1944. Otto Gilmore/FSA/OWI, Library of Congress.
Oct 27, 2023
Fluid Dreamscapes: Lin Hierse in Conversation with Elizabeth Sun and Deniz Göktürk
Virtual Event | Speakesr: Lin Hierse (Author), Elizabeth Sun (UC Berkeley), and Deniz Göktürk (UC Berkeley)Read on
Apr 14, 2024
Music, Knowledge, and Global Migration, ca. 1700−1900
Symposium at the University of California, Berkeley | Conveners: Tina Frühauf (Columbia University/The CUNY Graduate Center, New York), Simone Lässig (German Historical Institute Washington), and Francesco Spagnolo (The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, UC Berkeley)Read on
May 20, 2024
Fugitive Histories and Migrant Knowledge in Latin America and the Caribbean
Workshop at the University of California, Irvine | Conveners: Kevan Antonio Aguilar (University of California, Irvine), Amy Kerner (University of California, Berkeley & GHI Washington | Pacific Office), Fabio Santos (University of California, Berkeley & GHI Washington | Pacific Office), and Chelsea Schields (University of California, Irvine)Read on
Jun 28, 2024
Archives in/of Transit: Historical Perspectives from the 1930s to the Present
Workshop at University of Southern California, Los Angeles | Conveners: Einstein Papers Project / California Institute of Technology (Jennifer Rodgers); German Historical Institute Washington and its Pacific Office at UC Berkeley (Simone Lässig, Anna-Carolin Augustin, Swen Steinberg); Holocaust Research Institute, Royal Holloway, University of London (Dan Stone); Queen Mary, University of London (Jane Freeland); Wiener Holocaust Library, London (Toby Simpson, Christine Schmidt) as part of the Holocaust and Genocide Research Partnership (HGRP); USC Dornsife Center for Advanced Genocide Research (Wolf Gruner)Read on
Jul 03, 2024
Historicizing the Refugee Experience, 17th–21st Centuries
Fourth Annual International Seminar in Historical Refugee Studies in Tübingen | Organized by University of Tübingen (UT), the German Historical Institute in Washington (GHI) and the American Historical Association (AHA), in cooperation with the Centre for Global Cooperation Research (KHK/GCR21)Read on
Jul 14, 2024
Making a World of Many Worlds: Identities, Activisms, and Comparisons
Summer School | Pacific Office, Berkeley | organized by The Maria Sibylla Merian Center for Advanced Latin American Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences (CALAS), the Pacific Office of the German Historical Institute Washington (GHI) at UC Berkeley, and the Collaborative Research Center (SFB) 1288 “Practices of Comparing” at Bielefeld UniversityRead on
Bulletin 71 (Spring 2023)Read on
Bulletin 70 (Fall 2022)
Forum: Rethinking Cross-Border ConnectionsRead on
Unbequeme Erinnerer: Emigrierte Historiker in der westdeutschen und US-amerikanischen NS- und Holocaust-Forschung, 1945–1998
Transatlantische Historische Studien. Band 62. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2022.Read on
Bulletin 69 (Fall 2021 & Spring 2022)Read on
Paul Lerner, Uwe Spiekermann, Anne Schenderlein, eds.
Jewish Consumer Cultures in Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century Europe and North America
Worlds of Consumption. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2022.Read on
Bulletin 68 (Spring 2021)Read on
Simone Lässig, ed.
Special Issue, Geschichte und Gesellschaft 47.1 (2021)Read on
Jan C. Jansen & Simone Lässig, eds.
Refugee Crises, 1945-2000: Political and Societal Responses in International Comparison
Publications of the German Historical Institute. Cambridge University Press, 2020.Read on