Lucie Lamy | Doktorandin Stipendiatin

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 |


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

since 2018: doctoral student at Université Paris Cité (laboratoire Identités, Cultures, Territoires)

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 (associations and publications)

- “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: (re)definitions of an ethnic category in a postmigratory context (late 1960s - early 2000s) - working title

Institution of thesis



Patrick Farges

Organisation of Events

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

Past events

- 8-10/12/2021 : co-organisation of the doctoral school "Border studies at intersections of subject boundaries"
- 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: (re)definitions of an ethnic category in a postmigratory context (late 1960s - early 2000s) - working title

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.


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, Online First, veröffentlicht: 19.9.2022.

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.