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 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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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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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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Apr 12

IES Senior Fellow Carla Shapreau with Director Jeroen Dewulf

Musical Material Culture during the Third Reich

by Julia Zimring

On April 12, the Institute of European Studies welcomed Senior Fellow Carla Shapreau, a lecturer at the Berkeley School of Law. Her presentation, titled “From Enigma to Virtual Splendor - The Nazi-Era Theft and Restitution of Guillaume de Machaut’s Extraordinary Medieval Manuscript, the Ferrell-Vogüé,” traced the fascinating history of this cultural artifact from its creation in the 14th century to its modern-day whereabouts.

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Apr 09

Fatima El-Tayeb (UC San Diego)

Artistic Responses to Europe’s Refugee Crisis

by Julia Zimring

On April 9, Fatima El-Tayeb, professor of Literature and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, San Diego, shared her work with an audience of 25 at the Institute of European Studies. Her presentation, entitled “Europe’s “Refugee Crisis” and the Colonial Archive: Is Art Universal?,” explored the connections between Germany’s colonial legacy, the current refugee crisis, and the idea of the “universal museum.”

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Feb 28

Stefan Ludwig-Hoffmann (Department of History, UC Berkeley) with Kiran Klaus Patel

Project Europe

by Evan Gong

On February 28, IES was delighted to welcome Professor Kiran Klaus Patel of Maastricht University, who delivered a captivating lecture on his upcoming book, Project Europe: A New History of the European Union. Patel offered the audience a rich historical analysis of concrete effects and results of European integration since 1945, as well as what Europeans can learn from the past to gain better insight into present-day challenges.

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Dec 03

Comparing California and Germany: New Research on Electricity, Transportation and Carbon Markets

On December 3, 2018, UC Berkeley faculty affiliated with IES/CGES organized a DAAD sponsored workshop titled, “Comparing California and Germany: New Research on Electricity, Transportation and Carbon Markets.” The workshop took place at the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California Davis and comprised three sessions. The theme of the first session was a comparison between California and Germany of the integration of renewable resources in electricity markets, the introduction of electric vehicles, and how they may relate by coordinating the new sources of electricity supply and demand, and how they affect overall carbon emissions in the jurisdictions.

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