Dec 13
Participants in the workshop on Refugee and Migration Law

Refugee and Migration Law Workshop

On December 12 and 13, 2019, IES co-sponsored an international workshop on Refugee and Migration Law, convened at the UC Berkeley Faculty Club. The two-day event brought together legal scholars from institutions across the United States and abroad, and focused on questions of race and ethnicity, borders, refugee protections, and international law.

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Dec 03
IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome with Christina Zuber

IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome with Christina Zuber

Politics of Migration in European Minority Regions

by Davit Gasparyan

On Tuesday, December 3, the IES was pleased to welcome Christina Isabel Zuber, Assistant Professor of German Politics at the University of Konstanz, for a lecture titled “Past Incentives, Present Choices: Ideational Legacies and the Politics of Migration in European Minority Regions.” Focusing specifically on the regions of Catalonia and South Tyrol, Zuber discussed differing attitudes towards immigration in minority regions and argued that these ideas connect the past with the present outcomes--that historical legacy creates incentives that connect the past with today’s politics of migration.

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Oct 21
Katja Petrowskaja, author of Maybe Esther, in conversation with Sven Spieker (University of California, Santa Barbara)

Katja Petrowskaja, author of Maybe Esther, in conversation with Sven Spieker (University of California, Santa Barbara)

"Maybe Esther": Storytelling and the Unpredictability of the Past

by Abigail Mullin

On October 21, the Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington, in cooperation with the Institute of European Studies and the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, were pleased to host the Third Annual Bucerius Lecture, sponsored by by the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius. This year’s lecture featured a conversation with Katja Petrowskaja, author of Maybe Esther, and Sven Spieker, professor of Comparative Literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Oct 17
"Innovations in River Management, Germany and USA" workshop

"Innovations in River Management, Germany and USA" workshop

German and U.S. Innovations in River Management

On October 17, IES co-sponsored a workshop exploring the integration of flood management with river restoration, drawing on recent experience in Germany and the US (especially California). "Innovations in River Management, Germany and USA: Integrating Ecosystem Restoration Into Flood Risk Management" was organized by Sonja Jähnig (Leibniz Inst Freshwater Ecology), Anna Serra Llobet and Matt Kondolf (UC Berkeley) with support from the Institute of European Studies DAAD grant.

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Sep 13

Decentering Local Leadership

On September 13, 2019, IES co-sponsored a workshop on “Decentering Local Leadership,” convened by the Center for British Studies at UC Berkeley. The day-long event brought together international scholars to assess different approaches to leadership traditions, with particular attention to performative and critical public service leadership. Sarah Ayres (University of Bristol) and Mark Bevir (UC Berkeley) introduced the discussion of pre-circulated papers, which broadly examined empirical aspects of common leadership narratives, alternative and innovative traditions, and leadership in practice, with a focus on the “how” of public leadership and governing.

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Jul 08
Participants in the 2019 Göttingen Summer School

Participants in the 2019 Göttingen Summer School

Göttingen Summer School on "Globalization and Diversity"

From July 8th to 19th, 2019, the Georg-August University of Göttingen hosted a summer school dedicated to the theme of "Globalization and Diversity." Organized by Professor Astrid Biele Mefebue and Professor Andrea Bührmann, the summer school was premised on the recognition that accelerating globalization ensures the continued importance of social diversity.

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May 14
Keynote speaker Catherine McKinnon

Keynote speaker Catherine McKinnon at the 2019 conference on the worldwide #MeToo movement

Conference on Global Resistance to Sexual Harassment and Violence

On May 14, 2019, legal scholars, practitioners, and specialists from around the world gathered at UC Berkeley’s School of Law for a conference supported by the DAAD grant to the Center for German and European Studies that aimed to examine the systemic issues that permit sexual harassment. Berkeley Law professor David Oppenheimer organized the conference to explore creative solutions developed across the globe to address such problems, using the tools of comparative law.

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May 02

Andrea Westermann (Research Fellow & Head of Office, GHI West) with Annette Lützel

Integrating Asylum-seekers in Germany

by Sophia Kownatski

On Thursday, May 2, Annette Lützel (practitioner-in-residence at GHI West) spoke to a group of 20 to reflect on her experience as a psychologist and social worker in Germany, in a lecture titled “Asylum and Integration Policies in Germany – from the 1990s to 2015.” Lützel spoke not only from an academic perspective, but also from her experience in assisting asylum seekers through the years, offering personal insights on the the legal troubles and trauma that accompany an asylum seeker’s journey.

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Apr 24

GHI Tandem Fellows Florian Wagner (left) and Nick Underwood

Migration from the Margins in Jewish Europe and Africa

On April 24, IES and GHI-West presented a dual lecture on the history of migration with tandem fellows Nick Underwood (PhD, University of Colorado, Boulder) and Florian Wagner (Assistant Professor of Contemporary History, University of Erfurt, Germany). Their research centers around Jewish return migration and repatriation tendencies in France and Ethiopia.

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Apr 16

Niko Switek (University of Washington)

Angela Merkel's Legacy in Germany

by Sophia Kownatzki

On Tuesday, April 16, Niko Switek (DAAD Visiting Assistant Professor of German Studies at the University of Washington) gave a talk to a group of 20 at IES on “Deceptive Stability? Germany in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Last Term.” In his lecture, Switek discussed Chancellor Merkel’s tenure, from the perspective of her as a stabilizing force, to the view of her as a villain whose refugee policy has led to turbulence both in the public and within her conservative party.

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