Swen Steinberg

Affiliated Scholar

German Historical Institute Washington
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Biographical Summary

Swen Steinberg is an Affiliated Scholar at the GHI. Swen has been a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of History at Queen's University in Kingston/Ontario in 2018-20 and taught in the Migration & Diaspora Studies Program at Carleton University in Ottawa. He is a Research Ambassador of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) since September 2019. Early in 2019 he joined the Advisory Committee of the Austrian Archive for Exile Studies and the Exile Library in Vienna. Swen is author of three (German) monographs, including his PhD thesis on religious corporate culture concepts in the rural pulp and paper industry in central Germany, and numerous articles (in German and English). He is member of the editing board of five book series including Global Epistemics of the Centre for Global Knowledge Studies at University of Cambridge and on the edition board of Zeitschrift für Geschichtswissenschaft (Journal of History, German). Swen has edited ten volumes and five peer reviewed special issues (in German and English).

Swens most recent interests are the intersection of migration and knowledge, refugees from Nazi Germany and Nazi-occupied Europe, and especially unaccompanied minors. He is the co-editor of the GHI blog Migrant Knowledge and co-organizer of the Migrant Knowledge Network (migrantknowledge.org), he is also a member of the German Studies Collaboratory (GermanStudiesCollaboratory.org). 

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Main Areas of Interest

  • Migration and knowledge
  • Knowledge and young migrants
  • Forestry and mining
  • Exile and forced migration studies
  • Religious corporate cultures
  • Economic transformations