by Sophia Kownatzki
Astrid Eckert (Emory University) with IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome
On March 13th, Astrid M. Eckert (Associate Professor of Modern European History and Winship Distinguished Research Professor at Emory University) presented a lecture at the Institute titled, “Transboundary Nature: The Consequences of the Iron Curtain for Landscape.” She began by remarking that the West German zonal borderlands or Zonenrandgebiete, are not just political spaces, but also environmental and economic landscapes. After the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989, environmentalists rushed to areas such as the German Green Belt--the strip of land between the former East and West Germany--in the hopes of preserving nature.
IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome with Senior Fellow Matthew Specter
On February 27th, Matthew Specter, IES Senior Fellow and Visiting Scholar in Political Science, gave a lecture entitled “Historicizing the Realist Imagination: Hans Morgenthau in the Early Cold War.” During this lecture, Specter introduced the Realist school of thought and Morgenthau’s influence and involvement in it during his life, as well as various interpretations of Morgenthau’s work in contemporary international relations.
IES Director Jeroen Dewulf and speaker Hélène Yèche (Univ. of Poitiers)
On February 1st, IES Visiting Scholar from the Université de Poitiers in France, Professor Hélène Yèche, gave a compelling lecture to fifteen community members and students. The lecture focused on cultural revival in an age of globalization that has been apparent among the Sorbian people of Lusatia, Germany. The Sorbian people are a small, Slavic group who are indigenous to Lusatia. In lower Lusatia, the people are known as Lower Sorbs or Wends and have a strong affiliation with the Protestant Church. In upper Lusatia, people are known as Upper Sorbs or Sorbs and have a strong affiliation with the Catholic Church.
IES Associate Director Akasemi Newsome and speaker Celine Teney (Univ. of Bremen)
On January 25th, the Institute of European Studies, along with GHI West—the Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute in Washington D.C.—hosted Professor Céline Teney of the University of Bremen, Germany. Teney presented her research on non-German European Union workers in Germany in a lecture titled “Immigration of European Highly Skilled Workers to Germany: Intra-EU Brain Circulation or Brain Drain/Gain?” The presentation focused on guest worker immigrants (specifically physicians) to Germany between 1960 and 1990, a period followed by the diversification of immigrants coming to Europe. Teney emphasized that the EU is an “unique migration space” for three reasons.
Speaker Edith Sheffer (Stanford University)
On December 7th, Edith Sheffer, Assistant Professor of History at Stanford University and Senior Fellow at IES, gave the lecture, “How East and West Germans Made the Iron Curtain” to thirty attendees in Moses Hall. Her talk investigates the role of perception, where thought meets reality and created something ‘concrete’ in the Iron Curtain. Sheffer began by announcing that the parameters of our thought create the parameters of our actions. She asserted that the role of government, politics, and armies are all extremely important, but the everyday, routine actions of individuals cannot be understated in their self-creation of the “other” in both East and West Germany.
Participants of the "Intelligent Tools" conference
Professor John Zysman, in partnership with the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), hosted a two-day conference co-sponsored by IES/CGES on November 30 and December 1, 2017. This interdisciplinary and international event united a group of nearly 80 researchers across the fields of engineering, data science, economics, sociology, and political science, to explore current challenges in the age of intelligent tools and increasing automation of manufacturing and services, and to address strategies for working, earning, and learning in order to support healthy socioeconomic and human development in the future.
IES director Jeroen Dewulf and speaker Spero Paravantes (Univ. Luxembourg)
On November 29, IES Director Jeroen Dewulf welcomed Spero Simeon Z. Paravantes from Luxembourg University to the IES lecture series. Paravantes presented a lecture entitled, “‘To Pay or Not to Pay’”: WWI and WWII Reparations and their Impact on European (Dis)Integration”. The focus of the lecture was Germany’s relationship with Greece and Poland, who have demanded reparations from Germany in compensation of their time under German occupation during World War II. The recent financial and political crises in Europe have once again sparked the topic of German reparations to its formerly-occupied territories.
UC Berkeley Vice Provost Tsu-Jae King Liu and Regensburg President Udo Hebel signing the MoU, with IES Director Jeroen Dewulf and Ulf Brunnbauer, Director of the Institute for East and Southeast European Studies, assisting at the signing ceremony.
On November 13, 2017, IES Director Jeroen Dewulf welcomed Prof. Dr. Udo Hebel, President of the University of Regensburg, Germany, to the Berkeley campus. He was accompanied by Prof. Dr. Ulf Brunnbauer, Director of the Institute for East and Southeast European Studies and Chair of Southeast and East European History at the University of Regensburg. The visit included a signing ceremony with Vice Provost Tsu-Jae King Liu of a Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Regensburg and UC Berkeley. Building on the MoU, IES and the University of Regensburg decided to establish a cooperation agreement with a focus on the exchange of doctoral students.
GHI Deputy Director Alex Jansen, GHI-West Head of Office Andrea Westermann, IES Director Jeroen Dewulf, GHI Director Simone Lässig, UC Berkeley Executive Vice-Chancellor Paul Alivisatos, GHI-West Research Fellow Albert Manke