Migrant Knowledge Notes 6

Background Knowledge: Interrogating Perceptions of Smugglers with Joseph Roth

Allison Schmidt makes a case for not prejudging people smugglers in history or the testimony they left behind in state police records. Drawing on the suggestive observations of Joseph Roth, her example centers on Eastern and Central Europe in the interwar period, after the breakup of empires had changed the legal status and economic situation of many people. (1,547 words)

Knowledge and Young Migrants

Now available at University of Chicago Press Journals: "Knowledge and Young Migrants," special issue of KNOW: A Journal on the Formation of Knowledge 3, no. 2 (Fall 2019): 191--351. Edited by Simone Lässig and Swen Steinberg.

  • "Why Young Migrants Matter in the History of Knowledge" by Simone Lässig and Swen Steinberg
  • "Child-Rearing as a Form of American Knowledge" by Paula S. Fass
  • "What Debora's Letters Do: Producing Knowledge for the Basel Mission Family" by Simone Laqua-O'Donnell
  • "Between Two Worlds: Chinese Immigrant Children and the Production of Knowledge in the Era of Chinese Exclusion" by Wendy L. Rouse
  • "African Youth on the Move in Postwar Greater France: Experiential Knowledge and Decolonial Politics at the End of the Empire" by Emily Marker
  • "The Way to School between Two Worlds": Documenting the Knowledge of Second-Generation Immigrant Children in Switzerland, 1977–1983" by Kijan Espahangizi
  • "Young People's Agency and the Production of Knowledge in Migration Processes: The Federal Republic of Germany after 1945" by Stephanie Zloch

Refuge and Refuse: Migrant Knowledge and Environmental Education in Germany

Joela Jacobs observes that “Migrant knowledge figures as a category of absence” in Europe. In Germany, one core issue is knowledge about recycling requirements and expectations. Efforts to teach it “betray an unreflective understanding of cultural identity”: knowing how to separate one’s trash serves as a marker of who belongs. (1,450 words)

Migrant Knowledge Notes 4

Upcoming Event: "Migrant Knowledge, Early Modern and Beyond: An Event at the Crossroads," University of Cambridge, September 15–17, 2019.

Call for Papers: "Environments of Exile: Refugees, Nature, and Representations: Biennial Conference of the North American Society for Exile Studies," September 18–20, 2020. Proposal deadline: September 30, 2019.

Exhibition: "The Warmth of Other Suns: Stories of Global Displacement,", The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC, June 22 – September 22, 2019.

Recent Events: Almost all of the conference reports in the Spring 2019 issue of the Bulletin of the German Historical Institute (Washington, DC) relate to migration and knowledge.

Article: Sören Urbansky, "A Chinese Plague: Sinophobic Discourses in Vladivostok, San Francisco, and Singapore" in the same issue is not about migrant knowledge per se, but it has implications for past knowledge about three Chinese diasporic communities on the Pacific Rim.

Article: Uwe Lübken, "Histories of the Unprecedented: Climate Change, Environmental Transformations, and Displacement in the United States" by Uwe Lübken, Open Library of Humanities 5, no. 1, January 29, 2019, <http: //doi.org/10.16995/olh.347>.

Reference: Version 2.0 of Barbara Lüthi, "Migration and History," Docupedia-Zeitgeschichte July 6, 2018, includes a section on knowledge.