Migration, Creativity, and the Construction of Knowledge

Benjamin Hein reflects on the nature of knowledge and knowledge formation in connection with a German migrant to North America in the mid-nineteenth century. What did it mean that this man, Christian Bönsel, could brag that he had been able to "learn and see how it goes in the world"? (1,455 words)

Migrant Knowledge Notes 3

Call: Migration and Racism in the United States and Germany in the Twentieth Century

  • Workshop, April 23–24, 2020, German Historical Institute Washington (GHI), Washington, DC
  • CFP Deadline: June 15, 2019

Program: In Global Transit: Forced Migration of Jews and other Refugees (1940s–1960s)

  • May 20–22, 2019, Pacific Regional Office of GHI Washington and the MAGNES Collection of Jewish Art and Life, both at the University of California, Berkeley

Crowdsourced Project: German Heritage in Letters

  • Digital project to find and share historic German-American correspondence
  • Managed by GHI Washington

Following the Archives: Migrating Documents and their Changing Meanings

Nick Underwood reflects on how files he had expected to find in Paris for his study of Franco-Yiddishness during the interwar period had, in fact, migrated elsewhere. He uses his surprise to discuss the part played by rescued or stolen documents in "the migratory history of knowledge and knowledge-making." (2,015 words)

Migrant Knowledge Notes 2

Call for Summer School Applications: Challenging the Sites of Knowledge: Medial and Pluri-Medial Configurations and Transformations

  • September 3–7, 2019, Graduate School of the Humanities, Universität Bern
  • Deadline: April 30, 2019

Grant in Aid Awards for Immigration History Research Center Archives (IHRCA) at the University of Minnesota

  • Deadline: June 1, 2019

Call for Papers: Extraction, Expropriation, Erasure? Knowledge Production in International Relations. Millenium: Journal of International Studies

  • October 19–20, 2019, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
  • Deadline: June 30, 2019

A Little Advice: Syrian American Advice Booklets as Knowledge Production

Stacy D. Farenthold discusses the significance of a 1909 Syrian American advice book for Ottoman subjects planning to emigrate to the United States. The Arabic-language text included knowledge about the would-be immigrants' specific rights in America and the important self-fashioning necessary for dealing with U.S. authorities. (1,578 words)

Migrant Knowledge Notes 1

  • Call Deadline: March 31, 2019, for Material Cultures in Migration (conference), University of Birmingham, June 21, 2019.

  • Call Deadline: April 20, 2019, for Imagining Migration, Knowing Migration: Intermedial Perspectives (conference), Julius-Maximilians-University Würzburg, March 19–21, 2020.

Migration and Knowledge Transfer

Charlotte Mueller points out that "migrants can be knowledge senders and knowledge receivers simultaneously, in their country of destination as well as in their country of origin." Knowledge transfer and human migration can both be "circular."
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