Lucie Lamy | Associate Postgraduate

Mobilities, Migrations, Reconfiguration of Spaces
Centre Marc Bloch, Friedrichstraße 191, D-10117 Berlin
Email: lamy  ( at ) Tel: +49(0) 30 / 20 93 70700

Home Institution : Université Paris-Diderot | Position : PhD student | Disciplines : Contemporary History , German studies |


since 2018: doctoral student at Université Paris Cité (laboratoire Identités, Cultures, Territoires) under the supervision of Patrick Farges

September-October 2023: mobility grant / research stay at the Centre Canadien d'Études Allemandes et Européennes (Montréal, Canada)

2022-2023: research scholarship of the Studienstiftung des Abgeordnetenhauses von Berlin (10 months)

2022: thesis scholarship of the Centre Marc Bloch (3 months)

2021: Latvian State Fellowship for Research, University of Latvia (4 months)

2018-2022: postgraduate researcher at the Centre Marc Bloch

2016-2018: Master of Education (Paris Sorbonne) / State examination (agrégation) as German teacher / Internship as German teacher at Lycée Louis-le-Grand (Paris)

2013-2016: Master of Germanic Studies (Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3)

languages: French (native speaker), German (C2), English (C1), Latvian (B2), Russian (B1)


- Baltic Germans since World War II in FRG and GDR

- “Germans” minorities in Soviet and post-Soviet Estonia and Latvia

- “expellees” associations in FRG

- anti-communism in FRG

- transnational history

- mobilities and postmigration

Title of thesis
Being or becoming a “Baltic German” after the Second World War: shifting senses of belonging between “East” and “West” (1945-2004) - working title
Institution of thesis
Patrick Farges
Organisation of Events

- 2019-2023 : co-organisation of the research focus "Mobilities, Migrations, Reconfiguration of Spaces" at CMB

- 8-10/12/2021 : co-organisation of the doctoral school "Border studies at intersections of subject boundaries", CMB / Humboldt university

- 10-11/02/2021 : co-organisation of the interdisciplinary workshop "(Post)Migration and Conflicts" (Junges Forum), CMB / Université de Paris

- 2019 : co-organisation of the research seminar at CMB


- 2020 : teaching assignement at Humboldt University, Historical Institute

- 2019-2020 : delegate for equality at CMB

- 2018-2019 : PhD-students representative at CMB

Being or becoming a “Baltic German” after the Second World War: shifting senses of belonging between “East” and “West” (1945-2004)

This research project aims to study the 'Baltic Germans' between the late 1960s and 2004. The primary focus lies in the evolution and the construction of a new meaning for the term 'Baltic German' at a time when the group of people referred to as Baltic Germans does not match with its traditional definition anymore – as referring to the German speaking minority of Livonia, Courland and Estonia, and later Estonia and Latvia until 1939. While after the Second World War most Baltic Germans had simply become Germans in Germany, the adjectives 'Baltic German' are still labeling several associations and periodicals around the world. This comes with a redefinition of what could be called 'Baltic Germanness', which is gradually not presented as an ethnic category anymore, but rather as a cultural project rooted in a European narrative and emphasizing the bonds existing between certain Germans (with 'Baltic German' roots) and Latvia and Estonia.

Beyond discourse, the project intends to identify practices of socialization and networking, as well as political interests that gather - or split - people who consider themselves as members of the Baltic German 'community'. This includes looking at a set of relationships between individuals, associations and groups which constitute a transnational network set up by agents with different interests and expectations. By integrating sources which document the perspectives of all agents involved (in Germany, Estonia, Latvia, and other countries), the aim is to extend the analysis beyond the narratives brought out by the study of the Baltic German associations and publications in Germany. Thus, this project is in line with a historiography of the German 'expellees' which critically examines their definitions and boundaries by enlarging the study’s framework.

Ethnisierung und (Im)Mobilitäten in historischer Perspektive

July 04, 2023

Lucie Lamy , Sarah Marciano

Edition: Universität Osnarbrück
Collection: Zeitschrift für Migrationsforschung - Bd. 3 Nr. 1 (2023)


Articles in scientific journals

Lamy, Lucie, « Ethnisierung und (Im)Mobilitäten in historischer Perspektive », Zeitschrift für Migrationsforschung, vol. 3, n° 1, 2023, p. 5‑25,

Lamy, Lucie, "Negotiating Freedom of Movement through Ethnic Recategorization: Strategies of ›German‹ Special Settlers from Riga, 1945–1972", Zeitschrift für Migrationsforschung – Journal of Migration Studies, vol. 3, n° 1, 2023, p. 123-148,

Lamy, Lucie, "Defining “Baltic Germanness” in Post-Soviet Latvia and Estonia: Ethnic Germans’ Life Stories between East and West", History of Communism in Europe, XI, 2020, p. 167‑188.

Lamy, Lucie, « Un « voyage dans le passé » ? Le tourisme du souvenir comme pratique culturelle mémorielle », Matériaux pour l’histoire de notre temps, n°133‑134, 2019, p. 66‑69,

Special issue edition

Ethnisierung und (Im)Mobilitäten in historischer Perspektive / Ethnicization and (Im)Mobilities in Historical Perspective, éd. L. Lamy, S. Marciano, Osnabrück, IMIS, 2023 (Zeitschrift für Migrationsforschung, (1) 3),