The purpose of this website, Migrant Knowledge, is to foster and disseminate research at the nexus of migration and knowledge studies. Migrating people—social actors with agency—are the main focus. Thus “migrant knowledge.” At the same time, there is room for interesting work on knowledge about migrants, especially if such research helps us to understand migrant knowledge. The two are frequently entangled.

This website aims to stimulate the further growth of a network of scholars working on migrant knowledge and related subjects. The focus is historical, but Migrant Knowledge embraces perspectives from any scholars undertaking such research, regardless of discipline.

Migrant Knowledge gives concrete form to a broad research effort of the German Historical Institute Washington (GHI). Migrant knowledge became an explicit focus of the GHI with the advent of Simone Lässig’s tenure as director in late 2015. Since that time, there have been conferences, workshops, seminars for young scholars, panel series at the German Studies Association’s annual conferences, and special journal issues. At the center of all this is the GHI’s Pacific Regional Office at UC Berkeley. This bureau was established in 2017 to facilitate work with major research institutions on the West Coast and to benefit from the broad impact on this region of its specific constellations of European, Latin American, Asian, and Pacific Islander migration.

Migrant Knowledge comprises two main areas. Its central feature is this blog. Joining it later will be a component that brings together ongoing work on knowledge and migration from scholars in the network emerging around the efforts of the GHI’s Pacific Regional Office. Drawing on the blog, where appropriate, this section of the website will offer additional ways to think about migrant knowledge and to connect with other interested scholars.

We look forward to your participation in this undertaking. Specifically, we welcome the submission of blog posts as well as tips about related conferences, websites, projects, publications, and so on. Please also look for upcoming conference calls here.

The Editors, March 2019

Swen Steinberg
Postdoctoral Fellow, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario / Affiliated Scholar, German Historical Institute Washington

Mark R. Stoneman
Editor, German Historical Institute Washington

Andrea Westermann
Research Fellow and Head of Office, Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington, at UC Berkeley