The Bucerius Young Scholars Forum in Berkeley is designed to bring together a small transatlantic group of ten junior scholars from Germany, Europe and North America to explore new research questions in the history of migration. The program is run by the German Historical Institute Washington and focuses particularly on questions arising from interlacing the perspectives of migration and knowledge. The Forum takes place in connection with a Bucerius Lecture. This series of public lectures - interdisciplinary and transnational - deals with the social handling of migration and its challenges.
The knowledge of migrants and their role as producers and translators of knowledge has so far received very limited attention. Existing research on this topic predominantly focuses on the early modern period and colonial history. Consequently, the Bucerius Young Scholars Forum aims to look at this phenomenon from a supra-epochal, transregional and also interdisciplinary perspective.
The second Forum took place from 17 to 20 October 2018 at the University of California in Berkeley. As participants, the German Historical Institute selected ten young scholars, especially postdoctoral researchers and Ph.D. students in the final phase of their dissertation. They presented their research projects with a focus on "Migrant Knowledges of Nature“, "(Im)Mobility Regimes: Geopolitical Calculations and Migrants‘ Tactics“, „The Epistemological Stakes of Internal Migration", "Migration and the making of Disciplines“ as well as "Migrant Knowledges: The Making of More than German Histories". The Bucerius Lecture 2018 titled „What is in a Category? Telling Political Refugees & Economic Migrants Apart“ was held by David Miliband, President and CEO des International Rescue Committee, and it can be seen here.
ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius