German Historical Institute

The German Historical Institute (GHI) in Washington DC is an internationally recognized center for advanced study. It serves as a transatlantic bridge connecting American and European scholars and seeks to make their research accessible to decision-makers in politics, society, and economy as well as the general public. While the Institute is particularly dedicated to fostering the study of German history in North America and of American history in Germany, its research and conferences range beyond German and American history to encompass comparative, international and global history as well as research in the fields of economics, sociology and political science. The GHI is especially committed to promoting international scholarly exchange and collaboration by bringing together European and North American scholars as well as academics from other parts of the world in its conferences and research projects. The GHI was established in 1987 as an independent non-profit foundation. Since 2002 it has been part of the Stiftung Deutsche Geisteswissenschaftliche Institute im Ausland (DGIA – Foundation for German Humanities Institutes Abroad), a public-law foundation funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)/Federal Ministry of Education and Research

The Transatlantic Perspectives project is funded by a grant from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).  The BMBF promotes education, research, and innovation by funding research, promoting young and gifted scholars, and facilitating international exchanges in the fields of higher education and research.

Research Program: Europe Seen from the Outside (Europa von Außen Gesehen)

This research program supports international, interdisciplinary teams of young researchers. “Europe Seen from the Outside” funds seven projects at various German institutions in areas ranging from history and sociology to geography and regional studies.

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The researchers in this project are affiliated with the following universities:

Justus Liebig University Giessen

Georg-August Universität Göttingen

University of Minnesota