Hoerder, Dirk, Prof. Dr.

30. Mai 2008

Prof. Dr. Dirk Hoerder

Abteilung Geschichte Nordamerikas

– pensioniert –

E-Mail: dhoerder@asu.edu

Claudia Haase
GW2, B2620
Telefon: 0421/218-67014



Date / Place of Birth: 15 May 1943, Eutin, Germany
Nationality: German

University Education and Degrees:

1964-1968 University of Hamburg, Free University of Berlin, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis/ St. Paul
(History, Political Sciences, English)

June 1968 Master of Arts, Univ. of Minnesota (History, Political Sciences)

December 1971 Dr phil (PhD) in Modern and Medieval History, English Language and Literature

Employment, Fellowships, Guest Professorships:

1969-1975 Assistant, Free University of Berlin

1973-1975 Harvard University, Fellow

1975-1977 Free University of Berlin and University of Bremen

Fall 1977- Full professor for „Social History of North America, Migration Research,“ University of Bremen

1978-1993 Director, Labor Migration Project, U Bremen

1991-1992 Resident Scholar, Multicultural History Soc. of Ontario
Visiting Professor, Dept. of History, York University, Toronto

Spring Term 1995 Visiting Professor, Dept of History and Center for International Studies, Duke University, Durham, NC

1996-1997 Diefenbaker Visiting Professor (Canada Council): Program in Ethnic, Immigration and Pluralism Studies,
University of Toronto

April-Aug. 1998 Visiting Scholar, CERIS, Toronto

Oct. 2000-Apr. 2001 Research Associate, Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies, York U

March-April 2001 Visiting Scholar, Centre for Canadian Studies, UBC

March-Sept. 2002 Professeur invité à l’Université Paris 8 – St. Denis
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March-Sept. 2005 Professeur invité à l’Université Paris 8 – St. Denis
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March-Sept. 2006 Professeur invité à l’Université Paris 8 – St. Denis

Awards, Honors, Grants:
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Grants by Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst; ICCS Faculty Enrichment and Research grants, Sabbatical Research Grant, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft: „Pacific Migration System“; Canada Council; numerous travel grants for conferences, symposia, and grants-in-aid for workshops

2001-2003 Vice-President Association for Canadian Studies/Gesellschaft für Kanada-Studien

2003-2005 President Association for Canadian Studies/Gesellschaft für Kanada-Studien

since 2005 Board Member, German Historical Institute, Washington D.C.




* Protest, Direct Action, Repression. Dissent in American Society from Colonial Times to the Present. A Bibliography with introductions, chronological register of events cited and a survey of the development of social protest in U.S. history (München: Verlag Dokumentation), 434 pp.

* Crowd Action in Revolutionary Massachusetts, 1765-1780 (Charles Tilly and Edward Shorter, eds.: Studies in Social Discontinuity – New York: Academic Press), 394 pp.


* ed., Plutokraten und Sozialisten. Berichte deutscher Diplomaten und Agenten über die amerikanische Arbeiterbewegung 1878-1917 (Plutocrats and Socialists. Reports by German Diplomats and Agents on the American Labor Movement) (München etc.: K.G. Saur), 422 pp.


* ed., American Labor and Immigration History, 1877-1920s: Recent European Research (Urbana, Ill.: Illinois Univ. Press), 286 pp.


* ed., Labor Migration in the Atlantic Economies. The European and North American Working Classes During the Period of Industrialization (Westport, Ct.: Greenwood), 491 pp.

* with Christiane Harzig, ed., The Press of Labor Migrants in Europe and North America, 1880s-1930s. Papers presented at a symposium, Frankfurt, Feb. 1985 (Bremen: Universität), 602 pp.


* ed., „Struggle a Hard Battle“ – Essays on Working-Class Immigrants (DeKalb, Ill.: Northern Illinois Univ. Press).


* ed., Christiane Harzig, ass. ed., The Immigrant Labor Press in North America, 1840s-1970s. An Annotated Bibliography, 3 vols. (Westport, Ct.: Greenwood Press):


* with Diethelm Knauf, eds., Aufbruch in die Fremde. Europäische Auswanderung nach Übersee (Bremen: Temmen, 1992), 208 pp.
English edition: Fame, Fortune and Sweet Liberty. The Great European Migration, transl. Thomas Kozak (Bremen: Temmen).


* with Horst Rössler, eds., Distant Magnets: Expectations and Realities in the Immigrant Experience (New York: Holmes & Meier, 1993), 312 pp.


* with Inge Blank and Horst Rössler, eds., Roots of the Transplanted – East European Monographs, 2 vols. (New York: Columbia UP, 1994).


* with Jörg Nagler, eds., People in Transit. German Migrations in Comparative Perspective (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1995), 433 pp.

* Helen Hornbeck Tanner, ed., Janice Reiff, John H. Long, Dirk Hoerder, Henry F. Dobyns, associate editors, The Settling of North America. The Atlas of the Great Migrations into North America from the Ice Age to the Present (New York: Macmillan, 1995), 208 pp.


* with Leslie Page Moch, eds., European Migrants: Global and Local Perspectives (Boston: Northeastern UP, 1996), 329 pp., hardcover and paperback.

* ed., Josef N. Jodlbauer, Dreizehn Jahre in Amerika, 1910-1923. Die Autobiographie eines österreichischen Sozialisten (Wien: Böhlau 1996), 210 pp.


* Creating Societies: Immigrant Lives in Canada (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s Univ. Press, 1999), 375 pp.


* Dirk Hoerder and Rainer-Olaf Schultze, eds., Socio-Cultural Developments in the Metropolis: Comparative Analyses, Schriftenreihe des Instituts für Kanada-Studien, Univ. Augsburg, Bd. 27 (Hagen: ISL-Verlag, 2000), 141 pp.


* „Negotiating Nations: Exclusions, Networks, Inclusions,“ eds. Christiane Harzig, Dirk Hoerder, Adrian Shubert, Histoire sociale – Social History 33, no. 66 (2000 [publ. 2001]).


* Cultures in Contact: World Migrations in the Second Millennium (Durham, N.C.: Duke UP, 2002), c. 750 pp.
Awarded Sharlin Prize for best book in social history 2002 by the Social Science History Association
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* with Christiane Harzig, Adrian Shubert, eds, The Historical Practice of Diversity: Transcultural Interactions from the Early Modern Mediterranean to the Postcolonial World (New York: Berghahn, 2003), 278 pp.

* companion volume: Christiane Harzig, Danielle Juteau, with Irina Schmitt, eds., The Social Construction of Diversity: Recasting the Master Narrative of Industrial Nations (New York: Berghahn, 2003), 324 pp.


* and Konrad Groß, eds., 25 Years Gesellschaft für Kanada-Studien: Achievements and Perspectives = Beiträge zur Kanadistik Band 12 (Augsburg: Wißner, 2004).

* and Yvonne Hébert, Irina Schmitt, eds., Negotiating Transcultural Lives: Belongings and Social Capital among Youth in Comparative Perspective (Göttingen: V&R Unipress, 2004). Major Articles since 1996


* „To Know Our Many Selves Changing Across Time and Space“: From the Study of Canada to Canadian Studies = Beiträge zur Kanadistik Band 13 (Augsburg: Wißner, 2005), 352 pp.

Major Articles since 1996

* „Migration in the Atlantic Economies: Regional European Origins and Worldwide Expansion,“ in: Hoerder/Moch, eds., European Migrants, 21-51.

* „From Migrants to Ethnics: Acculturation in a Societal Framework,“ in: Hoerder/Moch, eds., European Migrants, 211-262.

* „German-Speaking Immigrants of Many Backgrounds and the 1990s Canadian Identity,“ in Franz A.J. Szabo, ed., Austrian Immigration to Canada. Selected Essays (Ottawa: Carleton UP, 1996), 11-31.

* „20th-Century Labor Migration: A Global Perspective,“ in Bruno Groppo and Christine Schindler, eds., Arbeiterbewegung und Migration–ITH Tagungsberichte 31 (Wien, 1996), 9-27.


* „Segmented Macrosystems and Networking Individuals: The Balancing Functions of Migration Processes,“ in: Jan Lucassen and Leo Lucassen, eds., Migrations, Migration History, History: Old Paradigms and New Perspectives (Bern: Lang, 1997), 73-84; (second rev. ed., Bern: Lang, 1999).

* „German Migration History and Migration Policy in a European Context. Recommendations for a Public Debate,“ in Göran Rystad, ed., Encountering Strangers. Responses and Consequences (Lund, 1997), 179-203.

* „Labour Markets – Community – Family: A Gendered Analysis of the Process of Insertion and Acculturation,“ in Wsevolod Isajiw, ed., Multiculturalism in North America and Europe: Comparative Perspectives on Interethnic Relations and Social Incorporation (Toronto: Canadian Scholar’s Press Inc., 1997), 155-83 (Engl. version of „Mercados de Trabajo…,“ 1995).


* „The German-Canadian Experience Viewed through Life Writings, 1850s to 1930s,“ in Angelika Sauer and Matthias Zimmer, eds., A Choir of Different Voices: German Canadian Identities (Bern: Lang, 1998), 99-117.

* „Cultural Retention or Acculturation: The Current Debate on Multiculturalism in Historical Perspective,“ in: T. Gladsky, A. Walaszek, M.M. Wawrykiewicz, eds., Ethnicity–Culture–City. Polish-Americans in the U.S.A. Cultural Aspects of Urban Life, 1870-1950, in Comparative Perspective (Warszawa, 1998), 29-49.

* „Many-Cultured Urban Worlds: A Comparative Historical Perspective,“ Zeitschrift für Kanadastudien 18.2 (1998), 94-106.


* „Individuum, Gesellschaft, Staat: Eine deutsche und eine irische Einwanderin im Kanada der 1920er und 1930er Jahre,“ in Michael Wala, ed., Gesellschaft und Diplomatie im transatlantischen Raum (Wiesbaden: Steiner, 1999), 405-21.


* „Metropolitan Migration in the Past: Labour Markets, Commerce, and Cultural Interaction in Europe, 1600-1914,“ Journal of International Migration and Integration/Revue de l’intégration et de la migration internationale 1 (2000), 39-58.

* „Bremen und (von Emden bis Hamburg) umzu: Lokale Welten — Atlantische Welten — Vielfältige Migrationen“, in Harzig, Hoerder, Lieby, Schmitt, Bunte Metropolen. In der Vielfalt liegt die Zukunft (Bremen: WE Migrationsforschung, 2001), 22-35.

* „Immigrant Lives–Societal Structures: Human Agency in Acculturation Processes,“ Bulletin of the The Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies, Amman, Jordan, 2.1 (Spring 2000), 97-119.

* Nora Räthzel, Andreas Hieronymus, Dirk Hoerder, „Safe and Unsafe Spaces: Young People’s Views of Urban Neighbourhoods in Hamburg, Germany,“ Toronto, March 2000 http://ceris.metropolis.net/events/conference_rathzel.htm

* „Urban Immigrants, the Self and the Other: Research Projects in Germany and Canada,“ in: Hoerder and Rainer-Olaf Schultze, eds., Socio-Cultural Problems in the Metropolis: Comparative Analyses (Hagen: ISL-Verlag, 2000).

* „Historical Dimensions of Many-Cultured Societies in Europe: The Case of Hamburg, Germany,“ in: Hoerder and Rainer-Olaf Schultze, eds., Socio-Cultural Problems in the Metropolis: Comparative Analyses (Hagen: ISL-Verlag, 2000).


* „Reconstructing Life Courses: A Historical Perspective on Migrant Experiences,“ in Victor W. Marshall, Walter R. Heinz, Helga Krueger, Anil Verma, eds., Restructuring Work and the Life Course (Toronto: Univ. of Toronto Press, 2001), 525-39.


* „From Euro- and Afro-Atlantic to Pacific Migration System: A Comparative Migration Approach to North American History,“ in , Thomas Bender, ed., Rethinking American History in a Global Age (Berkeley, Cal.: Univ. of California Press, 2002), 195-235.

* „Migration als Ausgleichsprozeß: Über die Zusammenhänge von Mobilität, Individuum und Gesellschaft“, in Thomas Geisen, ed., Mobilität und Mentalitäten. Beiträge zu Migration, Identität und regionaler Entwicklung (Frankfurt/M.: IKO, 2002), 17-37.

* „Europäische Migrationsgeschichte und Weltgeschichte der Migration: Epochenzäsuren und Methodenprobleme“, in Klaus J. Bade, ed., Migration in der europäischen Geschichte seit dem späten Mittelalter = IMIS-Beiträge 20 (2002), 135-67.

* „The German-Language Diasporas. A Survey, Critique, and Interpretation,“ Diaspora: a journal of transnational studies 11.1 (Spring 2002), 7-44.


* „From National History to Many Texts: Deprovincialized / Transcultural / Internationalized Historiographies of the United States,“ Amerikastudien / American Studies 48.1 (Spring 2003), 11-32.

* „Revising the Mono-Cultural Nation-State Paradigm: An Introduction to Transcultural Perspectives, „in Hoerder / Harzig / Shubert, eds., The Historical Practice of Diversity (2003), 1-11.

* „Transcultural States, Nations, and People,“ in Hoerder / Harzig / Shubert, eds., The Historical Practice of Diversity (2003), 13-32.

* „‚Nützliche Subjekte‘ — Fremde — Mittler zwischen Kulturen: Migration und Transkulturalität in Europa, 1600-1914“, Sozial.Geschichte — Zeitschrift für historische Analyse des 20. und 21. Jahrhunderts N.F. 18.3 (2003), 7-34.

* „Many-Cultural Presences and Perspectives in Austria and Canada: A Historical View,“ in: Ursula Mathis-Moser, ed., Kultur- und Wissenschaftstransfer Österreich – Kanada 1990-2000 / Cultural and Knowledge Transfer Austrian – Canada / Le transfert culturel et scientifique l’Autriche – le Canada = canadiana oenipontana VI (Innsbruck: Leopold-Franzens-Univ., 2003), 115-33.

* „Pluralist Founding Nations in Anglo- and Franco-Canada: Multiple Migrations, Influences, Reconceptualisations,“ Journal of Multilingual & Multicultural Development 24.6 (2003), 525-39.


* „Transcultural Societal Studies: Canadian Studies as a Model,“ in Dirk Hoerder and Konrad Groß, eds., 25 Years Gesellschaft für Kanada-Studien: Achievements and Perspectives = Beiträge zur Kanadistik Band 12 (Augsburg: Wißner, 2004), 202-17.
– revised version, „The Long History of Area / Country Studies: Canadian Studies as Model or Special Case of Societal Studies,“ in Beyond Area Studies: Transcultural and Comparative Perspectives, Université de Montréal and Universität Saarbrücken (forthcoming 2005).

* „Transculturalism(s): From Nation-State to Human Agency in Social Spaces and Cultural Regions“ Zeitschrift für Kanada-Studien 24 (2004), 7-20.

* „Les immigrants canadiens: rencontres avec les autochtones, création de sociétés, construction nationale,“ in Nathalie Caron et Naomi Wulf, éds., Nouveaux regards sur l’Amérique: Peuples, nation, société. Perspectives comparatistes (17è-21è siècles) (Paris: Éd. Syllepse, 2004), 199-224.

* and Hoerder, Yvonne Hébert, Irina Schmitt, „Introduction: Transculturation and the Accumulation of Social Capital: Understanding Histories and Decoding the Present of Young People,“ in: Hoerder, Hébert, Schmitt, Negotiating Transcultural Lives, 11-36.

* „Cultural Transfer or Cultural Creation: A Case Study of Students ‚issues de l’immigration‘ in Paris,“ in: Hoerder, Hébert, Schmitt, Negotiating Transcultural Lives, 147-63.

* „Flexible Spaces or Demarcated Turf: Young People’s Views of Their Lives and Belongings in Two Neighbourhoods in Hamburg, Germany,“ in: Hoerder, Hébert, Schmitt, Negotiating Transcultural Lives, 129-46.

* „The Global and the Local in Migrants‘ Experiences: Multiple Social Spaces in a Long-term Perspective,“ in: Hoerder, Hébert, Schmitt, Negotiating Transcultural Lives, 235-56.


* „Maria Chapdelaine de Louis Hémon: Roman du terroir ou Critique de l’idéologie,“ Zeitschrift für Kanada-Studien 25.1 (2005).

* „Transkulturelle Lebensformen: Menschen in lokalen — (post-)nationalen — globalen Welten,“ Sozial.Geschichte 20.1 (2005), 11-29.

* „Separate or Entwined? The Atlantic, Indic, Pacific Migrations Systems,“ Przeglad Polonijny 31 (2005), 17-30.


1980-1993 Labor Migration Project (Phases 1-3) with Christiane Harzig

Goal Phase 1: development of an integrated concept of „Migration in the Atlantic Economics“ and reinterpretation of the relationship of class and ethnicity in the North American working-classes
Goal Phase 2: a gendered approach to the transfer of culture and of political consciousness to the receiving societies
Goal Phase 3: Comparison of German emigration in the 19th century and immigration to Germany in the 20th century, transit migration through Bremen/Bremerhaven

Research Grants: Stiftung Volkswagenwerk, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, University of Bremen, German Historical Institute, and others
International Cooperation: U.S., Canada; Southern Europe: Italy; Western Europe: England, Wales, Ireland, the Netherlands, France, German Democratic Republic; Eastern Europe: Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Yugoslavia; Northern Europe: Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland.

1990 Further Projects Directed and Advised:
Political Advisory Opinions: Multiculturalism, citizenship and immigration law in North America and Europe, with special emphasis on Germany; Cooperation in Collective Works: Deutsche im Ausland. Fremde in Deutschland. Migration in Geschichte und Gegenwart, edited by Klaus J. Bade (Munich: C.H. Beck 1992); co-editor Atlas of the Settling of North America (Newberry Library, Chicago, and Swanson Publ., London)

1992-1999 Immigrant Experiences as Reflected in Life-Writings — The View from the Bottom Up (Grants: Canada Council)

1992-2000 Migration Systems Worldwide, 11th-20th Centuries — The View From the Top Down (Grants: DFG)

1996-2000 Transforming Everyday Lives by Migration: A Comparative Study of Youth in Hamburg and London, with Nora Räthzel, Phil Cohen et al. (Grants: Stiftung Volkswagenwerk)

1997-2002 „GastarbeiterInnen in Bremen“ (Anne E. Dünzelmann)

2000-2001 Multicultural Societies and New Identities–Canada and Europe Compared: Intl. Symposium „Recasting European and Canadian History: National Consciousness, Migration, Multicultural Lives,“ Bremen, May 2000, organized with Christiane Harzig (Univ. Bremen), Danielle Juteau (Univ. de Montréal), Adrian Shubert (York Univ.), (Grants: DFG, Land Bremen, Canadian Embassy Berlin, Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade)

„Migrants in the Metropolis: Canadian and German Approaches,“ panel organized on the occasion of the state visit of HE Adrienne Clarkson, Governour General of Canada, in cooperation with Rainer Münz, Humboldt- Univ. (Grants: Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade)

2000-2005 From the Study of Canada to Canadian Studies 1840s-1990s (Research on the history of additive, interdisciplinary, and transdisciplinary social sciences)

2000-2005 „The patterns of cultural transfer in Canada and other countries,“ in the framework of the „Comparative Study of Transculturalisms / l’étude comparative des transferts culturels “ Project of the International Council for Canadian Studies / Conseil international d’études canadiennes

Statement of Research Activities

Beginning with a study on crowd action during the American Revolution (publ. 1977) I have included common people into historiography at a time when this „from the bottom up“-approach was only in its very first stages of development. From the revolutionary period of U.S. history I have moved to labour and working class history in both North American civilizations in the 19th century with special emphasis on immigrants on the shopfloor, in labour organizations and in non-organized militancy (1978-93). From a European perspective, it was clear from the start that U.S. history could neither be written without inclusion of the cultural origins of migrants nor without reference to other cultures in North America. The emphasis on immigration led me to question the assumption that the yardstick for successful immigrant acculturation is their integration into the host society’s political system. Thus I came to include women and U.S.- or Canada-born children and developed a new model of family immigrant acculturation and insertion. To test the model against immigrant men’s, women’s, and children’s own views I studied Canadian immigrant life-writings and, in Creating Societies (1999), arrived at a story of Canadian history that was more inclusive than even the high-quality People’s Histories of Canada that appeared in the early 1990s. At the same time, my interest in the present as the mediating point between historical discourses and experiences and trajectories to and projects for the future, led me to ask questions about children rather than adults. Jointly with British and German sociologists and cultural critics I directed a project on how „disadvantaged“ immigrant and native-born children develop the capabilities to move through social spaces and, in particular, how they develop the critical capability to explore new spaces and new and seemingly hostile spaces (1996-2000). Parallel to the cultural interaction I explored the global migrations which brought and bring young people (and older ones) in to immigrant-receiving societies (1992-2000).

Since 1992 I have been using the Canadian experience of acculturation to write unsolicited advisory opinions for German governmental agencies and am presently a member of the „Rat für Migration“ (Council on Migration) of scholars who critically comment on politics and provide information on policies of multiculturalism, citizenship and immigration law in North America and Europe. To change public discourses I have also been actively involved in re-writing German history to reflect the manifold migrations of the past and the resulting cultural interaction.

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