Migrant Knowledge

News from the Network

"In Black France, White Europe, Marker breaks exciting new ground in French, European, and African history. Focusing on youth allows her to integrate metropole and colony in a single frame as well as to situate France in its African and European contexts simultaneously, showing how each informed the other."

Elizabeth Foster, Tufts University

Migration history continues to be in the GHI Washington’s focus throughout this coming academic year.

  • A lecture by Friederike Kind-Kovács (Senior Researcher, Hannah-Arendt-Institute for Totalitarianism Studies at TU Dresden) and moderated by John Connelly (Professor of History and Director of ISEEES, UC Berkeley), “Budapest’s Children: Humanitarian Relief in the Aftermath of the Great War” kicked off the conference In Search of the Migrant Child, which continues through September 22 at UC Berkeley. This is a culmination after three workshops. See the project website.
  • The Sixth Annual Bucerius Young Scholars Forum on The Histories of Migration: Transatlantic and Global Perspectives will take place at the Pacific Office of the GHI in Berkeley from Oct. 10-Oct. 13, 2022. It will be convened by Frithjof Benjamin Schenk (Department of History, University of Basel) and Sören Urbansky (Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington, Berkeley).
  • In conjunction with the Bucerius Young Scholars Forum, the Bucerius Lecture “Whose Knowledge? Knowledge about Migrants vs. Migrants’ Knowledge” will be held by speaker Shalini Randeria (Central European University, Vienna) at the David Brower Center and via Zoom on Oct. 12, 2022, from 6-7:30 p.m. PT

Recent event highlights:

  • Author Can Merey held a virtual conversation with Historian Michael Printy on September 13, 2022, to discuss his 2018 book about his Turkish father’s quest to be accepted as German: Der ewige Gast. Wie mein türkischer Vater versuchte, Deutscher zu werde. This event celebrated the completion of the German Historical Institute Washington’s German History Intersections project.

It is still possible to submit abstracts for Spring events related to migration knowledge and history.

  • APR 17, 2023 – APR 18, 2023: “Knowledge Production in Displacement and Forced Migration,” a workshop at the University of California, Santa Barbara. See the CfP here. Deadline Nov. 15, 2022.
  • JUL 04, 2023 – JUL 07, 2023: “Historicizing the Refugee Experience, 17th–21st Centuries.” Third Annual International Seminar in Historical Refugee Studies Duisburg. See the CfP here. Deadline October 31, 2022.

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Featured image: Cover of Emily Marker’s new book Black France, White Europe: Youth, Race, and Belonging in the Postwar Era, published by Cornell University Press.