Visiting Research Fellow Searching for German-American Interview Partners

Christiane Bauer is a visiting fellow at the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C. and will be participating in the collaborative project Transatlantic Perspectives: Europe in the Eyes of European Immigrants to the United States, 1930–1980. A PhD candidate at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Christiane’s research project is entitled “Selbstentwürfe von Nachfahren deutscher Immigranten in den USA. Eine erinnerungsgeschichtliche Auseinandersetzung mit Migration und Identität” (“Images of Germanness among the Descendants of German Immigrants to the USA: A Study on the History of Memory of Migration and Identity”). She will be in Washington, D.C. from May until June 2013.

As part of my PhD project about the descendants of German immigrants to the United States, I am currently searching for interview partners—one or both of whose parents immigrated to the United States after 1945—to talk to me about their relationship to Germany and their German heritage. The interview will focus mainly on everyday life, family life, customs, and traditions. 

Interviews will be held in May and June 2013, will last approximately 90 minutes, and can be conducted in either German or English. The results of the interviews will contribute to a better understanding of the last large wave of German immigration to the United States, as well as the development of diverse and hybrid ethnic identities.

If you are interested in participating, please contact the Transatlantic Perspectives project. I look forward to hearing from you!

Christiane Bauer