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.
Mar 02, 2023
The 1948 Flooding of Vanport, Oregon: Legacies of Disaster and Displacement
Lecture at GHI Washington | Speaker: Uwe Lübken (Ludwig Maximilians Universität München)Read on
Apr 06, 2023
Putting Contemporary Climate Migration in Context: What Do We Know from Two Decades of Research?
Lecture at 223 Moses Hall, UC Berkeley | Speaker: Amanda Carrico (University of Colorado Boulder)Read on
Apr 13, 2023
"Little Ice Age" Disasters and Migration: Insights for (and from) Global Warming
Lecture at GHI Washington | Speaker: Sam White (University of Helsinki)Read on
Apr 17, 2023
Knowledge Production in Displacement and Forced Migration
Workshop at the University of California, Santa Barbara | Conveners: Joshua Donovan (GHI Washington | Pacific Office), Vitalij Fastovskij (GHI Washington | Pacific Office), and Vladimir Hamed-Troyansky (University of California, Santa Barbara)Read on
Apr 25, 2023
Diaspora and Debris: Material Culture in German-Jewish History
Seventh Junior Scholars Conference in Jewish History at GHI Washington | Co-organized by Anna-Carolin Augustin (GHI Washington), Mark Roseman (Indiana University Bloomington), and Miriam Rürup (Moses Mendelssohn Centre for European-Jewish Studies, Potsdam), with additional support from the Wissenschaftliche Arbeitsgemeinschaft des Leo Baeck InstitutsRead on
May 03, 2023
Research Seminar (Hybrid)
Jana Weiß (University of Texas in Austin)Read on
May 04, 2023
Climate Displacement in the Shadow of War: Feminist Refugee Perspectives on Hydro-disaster
Lecture at UC Berkeley | Speaker: Heidi-Amin-Hong (University of California, Santa Barbara)Read on
Jul 04, 2023
Historicizing the Refugee Experience, 17th–21st Centuries
Third Annual International Seminar in Historical Refugee Studies Duisburg | Organized by the University of Duisburg‐Essen (UDE), the German Historical Institute Washington (GHI) and the American Historical Association (AHA), in cooperation with the Interdisciplinary Center for Integration and Migration Research (InZentIM), the Institute for the Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) and the Centre for Global Cooperation Research (KHK/GCR21)Read on
Sep 18, 2023
Bucerius Young Scholars Forum Histories of Migration: Transatlantic and Global Perspectives
Seventh Annual Bucerius Young Scholars Forum | Pacific Office of the GHI in Berkeley & Sitka, AK | Conveners: Sören Urbansky and Nino Vallen (both Pacific Office of the German Historical Institute Washington, Berkeley)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