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Migration Series

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IES' Migration series, launched in AY 2017-2018, conceptualizes 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.

Migration Event Series Fall 2017 Video Recordings



Crossing the Mediterranean: Migration, Death, and Culture

February 27, 2018, 4.30 p.m., A.D. White House

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 month of 2017. This panel will bring together an international group of scholars and journalists who will speak about the historical and contemporary traumatic experiences, such as deaths, accidents, colonization and forced migrations, suffered by those crossing the Mediterranean. Panelists will expose the extent of looted archeological objects across seas; discuss the violence of France’s spatial practices during the Algerian Revolution on both sides of the Mediterranean; ­ reflect on the main causes of people's drowning in recent years; and focus on the maritime arena as a mobile border that envelops migrants seeking to navigate structural injustices as well as ideological and violent conflicts.

Annetta Alexandridis, Associate Professor, History of Art and Visual Studies, Cornell University

Samia Henni, Lecturer, Architecture, Princeton University

John Psaropoulos, Independent Journalists, Athens

Maurizio Albahari, Associate Professor, Anthropology, University of Notre Dame

Moderated by: Esra Akcan, Architecture and IES, Cornell University

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The Arts of the Immigrant Continent

April 12, 2018, 4:30 p.m., A.D. White House

A panel discussion which will address Europe as an immigrant continent, and especially concentrate on the relation between immigration and art, by bringing together artists ​and scholars who work on diasporas and migrant art in major European cities.

Leslie A. Adelson, Department Chair & Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of German Studies, Cornell University

Martin Rein-Cano, Landscape Architect, TOPOTEK 1, Berlin, Germany

Pamela Corey, Lecturer in South East Asian Art, Department of History of Art and Archaeology, School of Arts, University of London

Moderated by: Esra Akcan, Architecture and IES, Cornell University

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Outlawing Dissent: The Flight of Scholars to Europe

October 3, 2017 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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Will this robot take my job?

October 18, 2017, 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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Migration of Images

October 24, 2017, 4.30 p.m., 401 Physical Sciences Building

Avinoam Shalem, Columbia University;  Saloni Mathur, University of California at Los Angeles

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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