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 wider reaching program in migration history it launched in 2015. Current GHI-supported projects look beyond the flows of European migrants across the Atlantic and analyze migrant groups and receiving societies around the world. Particular attention is given to forced migration and comparative research on the social and cultural integration of migrants. 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 "German Heritage in Letters" draws on the tools of digital history to explore the ways German emigrants and their family and friends at home created transnational spaces of communication and knowledge circulation.
Photo Credit: El Shatt, UNRRA Refugee Camp, 1944. Otto Gilmore/FSA/OWI, Library of Congress.
Sep 21, 2020
Change in Motion: Environment, Migration, and Mobilities
Workshop at the Pacific Regional Office of the GHI in Berkeley | Conveners: Sarah Earnshaw (Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington, Berkeley) and Samantha Fox (Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility, The New School, New York)Read on
Oct 12, 2020
Histories of Migration: Transatlantic and Global Perspectives
Bucerius Young Scholars Forum at GHI PRO at UC Berkeley | Conveners: Christiane Reinecke (Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies, Osnabrück) and Andrea Westermann (Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington, Berkeley)Read on
Nov 16, 2020
Contested Meanings of Migration Facilitation: Emigration Agents, Coyotes, Rescuers, and Human Traffickers
Annual Academic and Policy Symposium: Innovation through Migration at GHI PRO | Conveners: Ulf Brunnbauer (Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies & Regensburg University) and Andrea Westermann (GHI PRO)Read on
Apr 22, 2021
Migration and Racism in the United States and Germany in the Twentieth Century
Workshop at GHI Washington | Conveners: Maria Alexopoulou (University of Mannheim), Elisabeth Engel (GHI Washington)Read on
Jun 07, 2021
Mobilities, Exclusion, and Migrants' Agency in the Pacific Realm in a Transregional and Diachronic Perspective
Conference at the University of California, Berkeley | Conveners: Albert Manke (GHI's Regional Office at UC Berkeley) and Sören Urbansky (German Historical Institute Washington)Read on
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
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
John P.R. Eicher
Exiled Among Nations: German and Mennonite Mythologies in a Transnational Age
Publications of the German Historical Institute. Cambridge University Press, 2020.Read on
Bulletin 65 (Fall 2019)
Forum: The Weimar Republic ReconsideredRead on
Anne C. Schenderlein
Germany on their Minds: German Jewish Refugees in the United States and Their Relationships with Germany, 1938–1988
Studies in German History. Vol. 25. New York: Berghahn Books, 2020.Read on
Jan C. Jansen, Jessica Harland-Jacobs & Elizabeth Mancke, eds.
The Fraternal Atlantic, 1770–1930
Special Issue, Atlantic Studies: Global Currents 16.3 (2019)Read on
Simone Lässig & Swen Steinberg, eds.
Knowledge and Young Migrants
Special Issue, Know: A Journal on the Formation of Knowledge 3.2 (2019)Read on