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 |


Lucie Lamy is a doctoral student atParis Cité University under the supervision of Patrick Farges. She holds a Master's degree in German Studies from the university Sorbonne Nouvelle (with a special focus on German History in partnership with Paris-Diderot University) and successfully passed her "Agrégation" (State examination) in German in 2017. She also studied Latvian at INALCO University (Paris) and Russian at Humboldt University (Berlin). She is affiliated to the Marc Bloch Center since september 2018, first as a graduate researcher (wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin, 2018-2022) and then within the frameworks of the research scholarship of the Studienstiftung des Abgeordnetenhauses von Berlin (2022-2023) and of the PhD-completion scholarship of the Marc Bloch Center. At the Marc Bloch Center, she co-organized amongst other things the research seminar "Mobilities, Migrations, Reconfiguration of Spaces" (2019-2023), the conference "(Post)Migration and Conflicts" (february 2021) and the workshop "Border Studies at Intersections of Subject Boundaries" (december 2021). She also had a teaching assignement at the Historical Institute of the Humboldt University in 2020, spent a semester at the University of Latvia in Riga within a research stay funded by the Latvian State Fellowship for Research (march-june 2021) and visited the Centre Canadien d'Études Allemandes et Européennes in Montreal within the framework of the Marc Bloch Center's programm for international mobilities (september-october 2023).


- 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

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 1945 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.

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),