Feb 18

Andrea Westermann (Research Fellow & Head of Office, Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute) with Steven Press

The German Diamond Trade in Colonial Africa

by Ellen Harper

On February 18, the Institute of European Studies welcomed Dr. Steven Press, Assistant Professor of History at Stanford University and an affiliate of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, the Center for African Studies, and Stanford Law School’s Center for Law and History. In his lecture titled “Revisiting the Economics of German Overseas Imperialism, 1884-1918,” Press challenged the conventional perception of the economics of German colonialism in the former colony of German South West Africa (present-day Namibia), arguing that its diamond mining industry can be seen as a microcosm of the reality of German imperialism.

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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 multicultural leadership traditions in the context of borders, with particular attention to performative and critical public service leadership.

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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 31
Film still from "Bezness as Usual" (Alex Pitstra, Netherlands, 2016)

Film still from "Bezness as Usual" (Alex Pitstra, Netherlands, 2016)

IES Migration Film Series Finale: Gehen | Bleiben (To stay or go)

by Isabel Richter
 
On May 31, 2019, IES organized the last film in its series on migration: Gehen - Bleiben (To stay or go)  with a finissage and reception after the documentary Bezness as Usual by Alex Pitstra (Netherlands, 2016), introduced by Dr. Andrea Westermann.

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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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