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)

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.