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Visiting PACSCL – Part 1: Facing Digital Transformations Together

By Tim Feind Editorial note: Tim Feind completed his bachelor studies in Leipzig and is in the final phase of his  master studies in History at the University of Vienna in Austria. His main interests are in social and economic history, women and gender history since the 18th century, and theories and structures of punishment in historical perspective. Active in student government, he is also interested in political questions related to the working conditions in the academic field. He completed an internship at the … Continue reading Visiting PACSCL – Part 1: Facing Digital Transformations Together

Human Genetics with(out) Eugenic Knowledge? Towards a History of Knowledge about Human Heredity in West Germany

Since 1945, no German book on eugenics has been published. However, during two decades of reconstruction of the science of human genetics, which is fundamental to eugenics, the problems of eugenics repeatedly came to the fore and were discussed lively in wide circles.1 In the preface to his monograph Eugenik. Kommende Generationen in der Sicht … Continue reading Human Genetics with(out) Eugenic Knowledge? Towards a History of Knowledge about Human Heredity in West Germany

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Glimpses into a History of Knowledge on the Antimalarial Lariam® in Zambia

You may have heard of the antimalarial agent mefloquine during the Covid-19 pandemic, as scientists suggested repurposing the drug to combat the novel coronavirus. Most drugs are developed for the body of a 27-year-old male Caucasian, and so was this antimalarial. Mefloquine was discovered in the Antimalaria Drug Discovery Program—the biggest program of its kind—launched … Continue reading Glimpses into a History of Knowledge on the Antimalarial Lariam® in Zambia

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Organizing Impulses: Reframing Adventure as Global Knowledge for Young Readers in Precolonial Germany (1841–1862)

“The role of the educator is to rhythmize the soul to [moral] virtue.”1 This conclusion to his 1841 faculty address to the Königliche Realschule zu Berlin captures the spirit of Theodor Dielitz’s educational philosophy. As a teacher, Dielitz advocated systematic instruction about the real world to prepare students for a harmonious, moral life within the … Continue reading Organizing Impulses: Reframing Adventure as Global Knowledge for Young Readers in Precolonial Germany (1841–1862)

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Interview about the Relaunch of the Hannah Arendt Papers

By Tobias Schweitzer Editorial note: Tobias Schweitzer recently finished his Bachelor/undergraduate studies in philosophy and political science at the University of Münster in Germany. His interests include the history of political thought, intellectual history of the 20th century, theories of history and historiography, as well as questions related to the work of Hannah Arendt. He completed an internship at the GHI Washington from April to July 2022. Barbara Bair is a curator and historian in the Manuscripts Division of the Library of Congress, where … Continue reading Interview about the Relaunch of the Hannah Arendt Papers

Reflections on Researching Digitized Personal Files of Sinti and Roma Created by Berlin’s Criminal Police in Nazi Germany

By Lara Raabe Editorial note: Lara Raabe is a graduate history student at the Humboldt University Berlin. She is currently writing her master’s thesis on the role of Sinti and Roma in the Einsatzgruppen Trial in Nuremberg, 1947-1948. She works in the field of Holocaust and Memory Studies as well as the History of Sinti and Roma in Europe. She completed her internship at the GHI in Washington, DC, in the spring and summer of 2022. The Sinti and Roma minority in Europe suffered … Continue reading Reflections on Researching Digitized Personal Files of Sinti and Roma Created by Berlin’s Criminal Police in Nazi Germany

‘Will They Become Human?’ Romanies and Re-education Knowledge in Postwar Czechoslovakia

“We are building a socialist order for the happy present and future of today’s and future generations.” This is what Václav Nosek, the Minister of the Interior, told his fellow party members at the beginning of the Ninth Congress of the Czechoslovak Communist Party in May 1949.1 His words exemplify how the formation of communist … Continue reading ‘Will They Become Human?’ Romanies and Re-education Knowledge in Postwar Czechoslovakia

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Blogging Migrant Knowledge – Part II

Migrant knowledge is not so much a concept as it is a research agenda.1 It can foster work on what migrants know about their world, and it challenges us to think more about what societies, including states, know about migrants. In Part I of my reflections on our sister blog, Migrant Knowledge, I highlighted posts … Continue reading Blogging Migrant Knowledge – Part II

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Knowledge Notes: Books and Archives

Check out “A Motherland of Books: An Essay by Maria Bloshteyn” at Punctured Lines, a blog devoted to “post-Soviet literature in and outside the former Soviet Union.” Written just before the war in Ukraine began, this essay elegizes the home libraries lovingly gathered and treasured by their owners in the Soviet era, these very libraries, … Continue reading Knowledge Notes: Books and Archives

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Digital Humanities and History Event Next Week in Hybrid Format

The Fifth Annual GHI Conference on Digital Humanities and Digital History, titled “Datafication in the Historical Humanities: Reconsidering Traditional Understandings of Sources and Data,” will take place in an accessible hybrid format next week from June 2 to June 4. You can register to attend two keynotes as well as other sessions on the conference … Continue reading Digital Humanities and History Event Next Week in Hybrid Format

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Two Research Assistant Positions

The University of Konstanz has two 50% research assistant positions in the History of Knowledge / History of Alternative Education. Each position within the ERUA Research Group “Reimagining Higher Education and Research” runs until end of 2023 with a possible extension for an additional year, subject to availability of funds. Application deadline: March 31, 2022. … Continue reading Two Research Assistant Positions

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Indigenous Value Systems as Vessels for Knowledge: An Example from the Pacific Northwest

“It may safely be said,” wrote naturalist and U.S. Commissioner for Fisheries Spencer Fullerton Baird in 1878, “that wherever the white man plants his foot and the so-called civilization of a country is begun, inhabitants of the air, land, and the water, begin to disappear.” Particularly salmon at the heart of the thriving Pacific Northwest … Continue reading Indigenous Value Systems as Vessels for Knowledge: An Example from the Pacific Northwest

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