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Migration Series

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Cornell Institute for European Studies launches the “Migration” event series in AY 2017-2018, conceptualized as the migration of not only people, but also images, words, ideas, technologies, objects, information, and food. The series aims to unpack the historical and contemporary relevance of migration in writing global histories and understanding the present, as well as to put Europe in its global context, by discussing the continent as a place of both arrival and departure. This will critically acknowledge European countries’ role in the history of modernization and colonization of other countries within and outside Europe, and disclose the region’s character as an immigrant continent and diaspora of various peoples.


SCHEDULED (Fall 2017):

 Lecture: Outlawing Dissent: The Flight of Scholars to Europe

October 3, 4.30pm, Goldwin Smith Hall 142

Kader Konuk (Chair, Institut für Turkistik, Universität Duisburg-Essen)

Author of a seminal book on exiled scholars (Auerbach in particular) from Germany during National Socialism, and currently active with exiled scholars in Germany, as well as the founder of the Exile Academy, Kader Konuk will address the historical and contemporary dimensions of the violations of academic freedom. 

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Panel: Will this robot take my job?

October 18, 5:00 p.m., Milstein Hall*

*Reception 4:30 p.m. Milstein Steps

Guy Hoffman (Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering), Ronald R. Kline (Department of Science and Technology Studies), Ross A. Knepper (Department of Computer Science), Adam Seth Litwin (Labor Relations, Law, and History), Kirstin Hagelskjær Petersen (Electrical and Computer Engineering), Sasa Zivkovic (Department of Architecture).

Anxieties over the issue of migration and hostility towards immigrants seem partly related to automation and fears of unemployment. The panel will addresses the relationship between migration and technology (part of “Critically Now” series, AAP).

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Panel: Migration of Images

October 24, 4.30 p.m., 401 Physical Sciences Building

Avinoam Shalem (Columbia University), Saloni Mathur (UCLA)

While our age is often named as the visual century, the historical relevance of image migration is relatively under-studied. The “Migration of Images” panel will bring together scholars who can speak to the visualization of Muhammad in art books throughout Europe across centuries, geopolitics of exhibiting paintings and objects, and Bauhaus in India (also part of the "Critically Now" series, AAP).

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