Viola Georgi

Guest Scholar

German Historical Institute Washington
1607 New Hampshire Ave NW | Washington DC 20009

Biographical Summary

Prof. Dr. Viola B. Georgi holds the chair for Diversity Education at Hildesheim University in Germany. She is the founding director of the Center for Diversity, Democracy and Inclusion in Education. Prior to this position, she was associate professor for Intercultural Education at Free University Berlin and worked as a researcher at the Department of Sociology at Goethe University Frankfurt and the Center for Policy Research at Ludwig-Maximillians-University in Munich. She has developed a deep experience in international research, including as a research fellow and visiting scholar at York University in Toronto (Canada), Uppsala University (Sweden), and Harvard University (USA) among others. She serves as consultant for several German foundations, publishers, NGOs, and government committees, such as the German Expert Council on Integration and Migration. She is founder of Migration Lab, a network for culture and education with a focus on migration in Germany. Her recent book (with M. Lücke, J. Meyer-Hamme and R. Spielhaus) Geschichten im Wandel. Neue Perspektiven für die Erinnerungskultur in der Migrationsgesellschaft is an empirical study of the diversification and current challenges of memory culture(s) in Germany, looking at schools, non-formal history education, memorial sites, museums, and educational media.


Research Project

  • Agency and Diversity of Migrated Children and Adolescents in Historical Perspective
    At the GHI Georgi will inquire about the agency of children and adolescents facing and living through migration and flight. She will investigate egodocuments (letters, diaries, drawings etc.), linking specific migration experiences ( e.g. unaccompanied minors) to class, gender, ethnicity and religion. Her project seeks to contribute to the exploration of the history of migrant children and adolescents.

Main Areas of Interest

  • Diversity education
  • Democracy and citizenship education
  • Migration studies
  • (Multidirectional) memory studies
  • Educational media analysis (textbooks, children’s books, games etc.)
  • Intercultural school development and teacher education