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Fall Events 2019

The Institute for European Studies invites you to join us for our Fall 2019 program! We're sure you'll enjoy this exploration among the arts, history, landscapes and politics, through a lens of...

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Akcan wins fellowship for study of post-conflict societies

Congratulations to our amazing CIES Program Director, Esra Akcan, for receiving a prestigious Harvard Fellowship for, "Right to Heal: Architecture in Post-Conflict and Post-Disaster Societies." Esra...

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CIES Welcomes 2019 PSP students on June 21st!

The Prefreshman Summer Program (PSP) is designed to help students prepare for the challenges of their first year at Cornell through summer-session courses, field trips, guest lectures and a wide...

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Cornell International Fair (September 4, 2019 )

The Cornell International Fair showcases hundreds of opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to internationalize their Cornell experience. Drop by to talk with faculty, staff, and...

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Europe Day: Celebrating CIES Fellowship Recipients (May 7, 2019)

CIES faculty, staff, and students celebrated this year’s CIES fellowship and grant recipients at our annual Europe Day event.

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Ethics and Rights of Immigration (April 23, 2019)

All the countries in the world operate under the assumption that they have a right to control immigration within their jurisdictions. Most states take this right to be very robust, giving the state...

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Green New Deal: Conversation with Reinhold Martin (April 9, 2019)

Reinhold Martin is Professor of Architecture at Columbia GSAPP, where he directs the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture. He is a member of Columbia’s Institute for...

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The Future of EU? Immigration and the Rise of Populism (March 7, 2019)

Freedom House reports that its global index of civil rights and political liberties has been declining for 13 consecutive years from 2005 till 2018, with 68 countries experiencing a net decline in...

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Family Separation: Lessons from Europe’s Past (September 28, 2018)

Europe has a long history of family separation, which includes both violent immigration control and advocacy against these discriminatory practices. In this panel, scholars who have researched...

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Exiles in the 21st century: The New ‘Population Law’ of Absolute Capitalism (September 24, 2018)

Clearly the 21st century will be marked by the increasingly large number of exiles, i.e. uprooted and displaced people who find themselves “erring” within or between states and continents, suffering...

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Blackout: The Necropolitics of Extraction (September 19, 2018)

This presentation addressed extraction, as well as the politics and aesthetics of emergent forms of resistance today. In view of spreading sacrifice zones given over to resource mining, abetted by...

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Global 1968: Panel with Cornell Faculty (September 5, 2018)

1968 has come to be seen as the symbolic date for one of the most influential breaks in the history of the twentieth century. Sudden or incremental, young or multi-generational, academic or activist...

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Searching for American “Mercy Ships” and magnanimity in French Archives

Laptop in hand, I read and reread the notes and questions I had prepared for this day. I was waiting anxiously in the small parking lot just in front of Gare de Golfe Juan - Vallauris, a small train...

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Turkish researcher becomes her own subject

As a political scientist studying the relationship between academia and government, Simten Coşar knew a lot about the ways in which official ideology can undermine academic independence.

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CIES Director, Esra Akcan, publishes new book

Akcan's new book, "Open Architecture: Migration, Citizenship and the Urban Renewal of Berlin Kreuzberg by IBA 1984/87" (Birkhäuser Verlag GmbH, 2018) engages a discussion of open architecture in the...

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Exhibiting Yugoslavia (April 26, 2018)

Martino Stierli, the Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, talked about his upcoming exhibition, followed by a response from Saša Begović, the founding...

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The Arts of the Immigrant Continent (April 12, 2018)

The panel addressed Europe as an immigrant continent, and concentrated on the relation between immigration and art, by bringing together artists and scholars who work on diasporas and migrant art in...

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REM: A Film Screening and Q & A (March 13, 2018)

Director Tomas Koolhaas, participated in a Q&A, after a screening of his film REM, a documentary about his father, famed architect Rem Koolhaas. The Q&A was moderated by CIES Director, Esra...

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Crossing the Mediterranean (February 27, 2018)

The International Organization of Migration reported that approximately 4000 migrants had died while trying to cross the ​Mediterranean Sea in the year of 2016, and approximately 3000 by the tenth...

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Migration of Images (October 24, 2017)

Avinoam Shalem (Riggio Professor of the arts of Islam, Columbia University) and Saloni Mathur (Professor of Art History, UCLA) participated in a panel on "Migration of Images."