Migrant Knowledge

News from the Network

The German Historical Institute’s Spring Lecture Series “Moving Out of Harm’s Way: Historical Perspectives on Climate-related Mobilities” wraps up this Thursday, May 4, at 3:30 p.m. Pacific Time at UC Berkeley (3335 Dwindle Hall) with a talk by Heidi Amin-Hong of UC Santa Barbara on “Climate Displacement in the Shadow of War: Feminist Perspectives on Hydro-disaster.” Register for virtual access.

Network member Marcia Schenck has three recent publications: a monograph, an edited volume, and a special issue.

  • The monograph is Remembering African Labor Migration to the Second World: Socialist Mobilities between Angola, Mozambique, and East Germany (Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2023). Part of Palgrave Macmillan’s Transnational History Series, it is available in Open Access.

This open access book is about Mozambicans and Angolans who migrated in state-sponsored schemes to East Germany in the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s. They went to work and to be trained as a vanguard labor force for the intended African industrial revolutions. … [It] draws on more than 260 life history interviews and uncovers complex and contradictory experiences and transnational encounters.

[F]eaturing nine works by refugee and host-community researchers form across Africa, Europe, and the Middle East … this edited volume offers a critical reflection on what history means, who narrates it, and what happens when those long excluded from authorship bring their knowledge and perspectives to bear.

This special issue … dives into the history of refuge seeking by Africans on the continent and beyond and, interestingly, of Europeans in Africa, precisely to offer counternarratives to the single-story mediatized depictions of African refugees to which we have become accustomed … add[ing] complexity to refugee studies .…

And, last but not least, network member Lilly Maier has a book coming out soon about meeting Holocaust survivor Arthur Kern when she was a young girl, Arthur and Lilly: The Girl and the Holocaust-Survivor (Green Bay, WI: Titletown Publishing, forthcoming in October 2023). She is available for presentations or book signings this fall.