While studying the scholarly literature on immigration in post–World War II Switzerland, the personal dedication in a 1964 dissertation about the “assimilation of foreign workers” caught my attention: “In memory of my paternal grandmother Antonietta Zanolli-Recati, who in 1905 moved with her family from Belluno to Zurich, the land of Pestalozzi.”1 This dedication interests me … Continue reading The Granddaughter’s Dissertation: Some Thoughts on Knowledge about Migration in 1960s Switzerland
Mark Stoneman has been busy the past couple weeks with a special issue of Geschichte & Gesellschaft on migrant knowledge. The issue, which should appear later this summer, is edited by Simone Lässig and Swen Steinberg, and all but one of the articles is in English. Also contributing are Jan Logemann, Rebekka v. Mallinckrodt, Glenn … Continue reading Editorial News
A good decision is based on knowledge… –Plato I never thought Plato and I shared a common scholarly interest. My research on the millions of eastern Europeans who emigrated to the United States (ancestors of the subjects of Bruce Springsteen songs) at the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries seemed far removed from what … Continue reading Some Useful Categories of Knowledge for Understanding Migration
Caryn McTighe Musil at the Association of American Colleges and Universities has written a short programatic article on what the humanities can offer in current disputes over immigration in the United States. Her recommendation that curricula "include a focus on citizenship" suggests one way in which education and knowledge can figure into social, cultural, and … Continue reading Knowledge and Citizenship
“Histories of Migration: Transatlantic and Global Perspectives” Application deadline: February 15, 2016 The GHI invites proposals for papers to be presented at the 1st Bucerius Young Scholars Forum, to take place at its branch office GHI WEST at UC Berkeley in November 2017. We seek proposals specifically from post-doctoral scholars, recent PhDs, as well as … Continue reading CfP: Histories of Migration
The GHI is sponsoring a panel series at the GSA in October 2017. The exact dates, times, and papers have yet to be announced, but the call for papers explains what it is about.
Panel Series at the 40th Annual Conference of the German Studies Association in San Diego, September 29 – October 2, 2016 This panel series focused on a field of research that is emerging at the intersection of the history of knowledge and the history of migration.1 This dynamic field, as series organizer Simone Lässig emphasized … Continue reading Report: Migration and Knowledge
Knowledge in Flight: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Scholar Rescue in North America “The German Historical Institute, The Leo Baeck Institute and The New School for Social Research are organizing a workshop on the movement of scholars from perilous and intellectually-oppressive political situations to new environments that have allowed them to continue their work or even thrive … Continue reading Call for Papers: Knowledge in Flight