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.
Sep 08, 2022
Roads to Exclusion: Socio-Spatial Dynamics of Mobility Infrastructures since 1800
International conference at the German Historical Institute Washington | Organized by Carolin Liebisch-Gümüş (GHI Washington), Andreas Greiner (GHI Washington), Mario Peters (GHI Washington), and Roland Wenzlhuemer (LMU Munich)Read on
Sep 09, 2022
(Im)Mobile While Black: Narratives of Race & Movement in the United States
Lecture & Film Screening at Goethe-Institut Washington | Speaker: Mia Bay (University of Pennsylvania)Read on
Oct 10, 2022
Histories of Migration: Transatlantic and Global Perspectives
Sixth Annual Bucerius Young Scholars Forum at the Pacific Regional Office of the GHI in Berkeley | Conveners: Frithjof Benjamin Schenk (Department of History, University of Basel) and Sören Urbansky (Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington, Berkeley)Read 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 (UCLA), Stefan Rinke (Freie Universität Berlin)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
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