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IES Migrations Series

Launched in AY 2017-2018, the IES Migrations Series conceptualizes the migration of not only people, but also images, words, ideas, technologies, objects, information, and food. 

Continuing into AY 2020-2021, 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. It critically acknowledges European countries’ role in the history of modernization and colonization of other countries within and outside Europe and disclosed the region’s character as an immigrant continent and diaspora of various peoples.

Cornell made a commitment to the study of migrations by identifying it as a research priority in AY 2019-2020. Find out more about Migrations: A Global Grand Challenge and the Einaudi Center's contributions: Funding faculty research and establishing an undergraduate Migrations Studies minor are two vital components. 

AY 2020-2021 Migrations Series: Repair and Reparations

Repatriation of Museum Objects October 19, 2020

Repatriation of Museum Objects Poster

This panel is organized to bring together museum curators and scholars to comment on the recent discussions on repatriation and restitution as a form of reparation to colonized and looted lands.

While museums in Europe and North America have occasionally returned objects to their native communities or lands of arrival, the issue of repatriation gained an accelerated epistemological and ethical momentum at the end of 2018. What is the responsibility of museums to objects taken into their collections by violence or deceit during the colonial times or wars? What is the role of museum-object-repatriation in the recognition of colonial and military violence? What are the legal structures that prohibit or allow deaccession in the museums of different countries? Once the objects are parted from their communities and no longer serve their original sacred functions, where are they to be returned? What determines how far back museums consider repatriation claims legitimate and why? What is the future of “universal museums” around the world?"

Speakers will each make a 15-minute presentation, commenting on the contemporary debates from the perspectives of their own work and study area. A question and answer session will follow the presentations.

Souleymane Bachir Diagne | Columbia University | New York
Souleymane Bachir Diagne is a professor in the departments of French and Philosophy and the Director of the Institute of African Studies at Columbia University. His most recent books are African art as philosophy. Senghor, Bergson, and the idea of Negritude, Seagull Books, 2011; The Ink of the Scholars. Reflections on Philosophy in Africa, Dakar, Codesria, 2016 ; Open to Reason. Muslim philosophers in conversation with Western tradition, New York, Columbia University Press, 2018 ; Postcolonial Bergson, Fordham University Press, New York, 2019 ; In Search of Africa(s). Universalism and Decolonial Thought, (with Jean-Loup Amselle), Polity Press, 2020. Professor Diagne is an associate member of the Royal Academy of Belgium and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Jonathan Fine | Humboldt Forum | Berlin
Jonathan Fine is Head (Museumsleiter) of the Ethnologisches Museum of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, a post he has held since January 2020. Before assuming this position, he was the curator for the collections from West Africa, Cameroon, Gabon, and Namibia, and he was speaker of the museum’s working group on provenance research. Jonathan received his Ph.D. from Princeton University, where he focused on royal art from western Cameroon in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He is a member of the German Museums’ Association working group on collections from colonial contexts and an author of the Association’s Guidelines on the Care of Collections from Colonial Contexts. 

Cécile Fromont | Yale University | New Haven

Cécile Fromont is an art historian at Yale University, and currently a 2020-2021 fellow at the Paris Institute for Advanced Studies. Her writings explore the circulation of people, objects, motifs, and ideas between Africa, Europe, and the Americas between 1500 and 1800. A central concern of her research and teaching is to outline the long shadow that the early modern period has cast over our own times. She is the author of The Art of Conversion: Christian Visual Culture in the Kingdom of Kongo (2014) and the editor of Afro-Catholic Festivals in the Americas: Performance, Representation, and the Making of Black Atlantic Tradition (2019). Her latest essay “Paper, Ink, Vodun, and the Inquisition: Tracing Power, Slavery, and Witchcraft in the Early Modern Portuguese Atlantic” appeared in the Journal of the American Academy of Religion in 2020.

Esra Akcan, Michael A. McCarthy Professor, Department of Architecture, Director, Institute for European Studies at the Einaudi Center for International Studies, Cornell University

Beirut Reconstructions October 7, 2020

Beirut Reconstructions Poster

This panel was organized to bring together architects and planners to comment on the ongoing reconstructions in Beirut after the deadly explosion of August 4, 2020, by contextualizing it in the city’s urban development and the relatively recent urban reconstruction of its center after the civil war.

How, when, and by whom should the reconstruction projects be designed and implemented? What are lessons learned from the reconstruction of the city center after the civil war? With the looming danger of opportunistic gentrification, how might the reconstruction process alter the area’s use and the lives and livelihoods of its residents? How may it affect Beirut’s place in the world cultural heritage and global imagination? How can international organizations and academic institutions partner with local organizations for the redesign/rebuilding of the destroyed neighborhoods? How should the different affected neighborhoods be approached when it comes to redesign/rebuilding?

Elie Haddad
| Lebanese American University
Elie Haddad is a Professor of Architecture at the Lebanese American University, where he has been teaching since 1994. He has been serving as dean of the School of Architecture & Design, since 2012. Between 2009 and 2015, he received several fellowships to conduct research on modern architecture in Germany. Among his publications is the architectural survey titled A Critical History of Contemporary Architecture, published by Ashgate in 2014, which he co-edited with David Rifkind. He also published two books on architecture and urbanism, both in Arabic, in 2014. In addition to his academic work, Haddad is a frequent contributor to the local An-Nahar newspaper, with essays on architecture, urbanism, and cultural issues in general.

Mona Harb | American University of Beirut
Mona Harb is Professor of Urban Studies and Politics, and research director of the Beirut Urban Lab at the American University of Beirut. She received her PhD in Political Science in 2005 from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques at Aix-Marseille (France). She is the author of Le Hezbollah à Beyrouth (1985-2005): de la banlieue à la ville (Karthala-IFPO, 2010), co-author of Leisurely Islam: Negotiating Geography and Morality in Shi'ite South Beirut (Princeton University Press, 2013, with Lara Deeb,), co-editor of Local Governments and Public Goods: Assessing Decentralization in the Arab World (LCPS, 2015, with Sami Atallah), and co-editor of Refugees as City-Makers (AUB, 2018, with Mona Fawaz, Ahmad Gharbieh and Dounia Salamé), in addition to numerous journal articles, book chapters, and other publications. Her ongoing research investigates the public domain and urban vacancies, local governance and displacement, as well as urban activism and oppositional politics.

Mostafa Minawi
 | Cornell University

Panel Questions:
Elie Boutros
| Cornell Alumni
Dana Muhsen | Cornell Alumni

Hagia Sophia: Perspectives from Cultural Heritage September 19, 2020

Hagia Sophia Perspectives from Cultural Heritage Poster

This panel was organized to bring together scholars and analysts to comment on the recent conversion of the Hagia Sophia from a museum into a mosque from the perspective of architectural history in geopolitical context.

What is the building’s significance for Byzantine, early and late Ottoman, Republican and contemporary Turkish architecture? How will the Hagia Sophia’s conversion into a mosque in 2020 impact its use, global and local public meaning, place in the city and nearby monuments, physical attributes, Byzantine mosaics, Christian and Muslim symbols, marble floor, and acoustics, among other things? What effects did the building’s recent conversion make in different areas of historical studies? Are there comparable examples elsewhere in the world?

Speakers made 8-minute presentations in the rough chronological order of their historical field of expertise and comment on the contemporary decision from the perspectives of their own scholarly work and study area. After a discussion where speakers responded to each other, the panel concluded with a Q and A session.

Speakers are listed in the order they presented in the webinar:

Namık Erkal | TED University in Ankara
Namık Erkal had his academic degrees on architecture and history of architecture at METU. In 2004 he was awarded with George and Ilse Hanfmann post-doctorate fellowship of American Research Institute Turkey. In 2016 he took part in the curation of Pavilion of Turkey at the Venice Architectural Biennale. He has published articles on the history of architecture and urbanism of Constantinopolis/ Istanbul. His recent works focus on early modern Istanbul’s customhouses, market places and harbor buildings. After working twenty years in METU Department of Architecture he is currently the chair of Department of Architecture in TED University.  

Christina Maranci | Tufts University
Christina Maranci is the Arthur H. Dadian and Ara Oztemel Chair of Armenian art and architectural history at Tufts University and Chair of the Department. She is the author of three books and around one hundred articles and essays on medieval Armenian art and architecture; including most recently an Introduction to Armenian Art (Oxford UP, 2018). Her previous monograph, (Vigilant Powers--Brepols 2015) on the seventh-century architecture of Armenia won both the Sona Aronian Prize for best Armenian studies monograph from the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR) and also the Karen Gould Prize for Art History from the Medieval Academy of America. Maranci has works on issues of cultural heritage for over a decade, with a focus on the at-risk Armenian churches and monasteries in Eastern Turkey.

Maria Georgopoulou | American School of Classical Studies at Athens
Maria Georgopoulou was educated at the University of Athens, Greece, the Sorbonne, and the University of California, Los Angeles, from where she received her Ph.D. in Art History in 1992. She taught art history at Yale University (1992-2004) where she also founded the Program for Hellenic Studies. She is currently Director of the Gennadius Library of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. She has edited numerous books and articles, and has curated several exhibitions. Her scholarly work explores the artistic and cultural interactions of the Mediterranean peoples in the Middle Ages within their economic and social contex.
Sevil Enginsoy | Istanbul Bilgi University
Sevil Enginsoy Ekinci studied architecture at Middle East Technical University (BArch, 1987), and architectural history at METU (MA, 1990) and Cornell University (PhD, 2002). She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses on architectural history and theory at METU, Boğaziçi University, KHAS University, TED University and İstanbul Bilgi University. Her research interests cover architectural books, architectural encounters across geographies, architectural historiography and intersections of architecture-visual arts-literature. She has presented papers at international conferences and published articles and book chapters on these topics. Presently, she is working on a book project as a collection of essays under the title of “Viewing Renaissance architecture in/from Turkey.”

Çiğdem Kafesçioğlu | Boğaziçi University
Çiğdem Kafescioğlu is professor at the Department of History at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, and works on the urban, architectural, and visual culture of the early modern Ottoman world. She is the author of Constantinopolis/Istanbul: Cultural Encounter, Imperial Vision, and the Construction of the Ottoman Capital (2009, winner of the Spiro Kostof Award of the Society of Architectural Historians), and co-editor, with Shirine Hamadeh, of A Companion to Early Modern Istanbul (Brill, expected 2021). She has held scholarships from the Giles Whiting Foundation, Aga Khan Program for Islamic Art and Architecture, Getty Foundation, and Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard Univesity.

Bissera Pentcheva | Stanford University
Bissera V. Pentcheva's innovative work in acoustics, art, and music has redefined the field of Byzantine architecture. She has published three books with Pennsylvania State University Press: Icons and Power: The Mother of God in Byzantium, 2006 (received the Nicholas Brown Prize of the Medieval Academy of America, 2010), The Sensual Icon: Space, Ritual, and the Senses in Byzantium, 2010, and Hagia Sophia: Sound, Space and Spirit in Byzantium, 2017 (received the 2018 American Academy of Religion Award in excellence in historical studies). Her work is informed by phenomenology, placing the attention on the changing appearance of objects and architectural spaces. She relies on film to capture this temporal animation stirred by candlelight. Another important strand of her work engages the sonic envelope of the visual--music and acoustics--and employs auralizations that digitally imprint the performance of chant with the acoustic signature of the specific interior for which it was composed. Her current book project explores animation in Western Medieval Art.

Belgin Turan | Middle East Technical University
Belgin Turan Özkaya is a professor of architectural history in the Department of Architecture at Middle East Technical University, whose research focuses on intertwined cultures and architectures of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Holding a B.Arch. and a M.Sc. in Restoration from METU and a Ph.D. in History of Architecture and Urbanism from Cornell University, she had visiting positions at Harvard University, Koç University and Canadian Centre for Architecture. Among her numerous publications are the co-edited volumes, Rethinking Architectural Historiography (nominated for the RIBA Sir Nikolaus Pevsner International Book Award), Transpositions on the Edge of Europe: Ambivalence and Difference in Architecture and Ambivalent Architectures from the Ottoman Empire to the Turkish Republic. She is currently finishing her book, Itinerant Objects: British Museum and the Ottoman Response to Antiquity.

Peter Christensen | Co-Moderator, University of Rochester
Peter Christensen is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Rochester. His specialization is modern architectural and environmental history, particularly of Germany, Central Europe and the Middle East. He is the author of the book, Germany and the Ottoman Railway Network: Art, Empire, and Infrastructure (Yale University Press, 2017), winner of the 2020 Alice Davis Hitchcock Award from the Society of Architectural Historians for the most distinguished work of scholarship in the history of the built environment by a North American scholar and the forthcoming book Materialized: German Steel in Global Ecology (Penn State Press, 2022).

Nikos Magouliotis | ETH Zurich

Nikos Magouliotis is currently a PhD candidate at ETH Zurich, in the Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (gta), at the Chair of Prof. Maarten Delbeke. His doctoral research focuses on the historiography of the Vernacular and Byzantine architecture of Greece, from the mid-18th to the early 20th centuries, as it manifested itself in the field of architectural theory and practice, as well as parallel discourses within archaeology and ethnography. His writings have appeared in Cartha magazine, San Rocco, ARCH+, Future Anterior, EAHN's Architectural Histories et al.

Esra Akcan | Co-Moderator, Cornell University
Esra Akcan is Michael McCarthy Professor in the Department of Architecture and the Director of European Studies at the Einaudi Center for International Studies at Cornell University. Her research on modern and contemporary architecture and urbanism foregrounds the intertwined histories of Europe and West Asia, and offers new ways to understand architecture’s role in global, social and environmental justice. She is the author of Landfill Istanbul; Architecture in Translation; Turkey: Modern Architectures in History (withS.Bozdoğan); Open Architecture: Migration, Citizenship and Urban Renewal of Berlin-Kreuzberg; Building in Exile. Her upcoming books are Abolish Human Bans and Right to Heal.

Mesut Dinler | Politecnico di Torino
Mesut Dinler is an assistant professor in The Inter-university Department of Regional & Urban Studies and Planning in Politecnico di Torino, where he received his PhD in Architectural and Landscape Heritage Program. He was involved in various international conservation projects including projects managed by Historic Charleston Foundation with US/ICOMOS, the Getty Conservation Institute, and the Association for the Protection of Cultural Heritage. Currently he is involved in the management of heritage-related research projects funded by the European Commission under its Horizon program. His current research interests include heritage-related activist movements, politics of urban heritage, history of historic preservation and digital humanities.

Mücahit Bilici | City University of New York
Mucahit Bilici is Associate Professor of Sociology at John Jay College and CUNY Graduate Center. He is the author of Finding Mecca in America: How Islam Is Becoming an American Religion (University of Chicago Press, 2012). His research interests include American Islam, Muslim diasporas including Kurds in the US, Kurdish identity and Turkish society. Among his numerous Turkish publications is "Hamal Kurt: Turk Islami ve Kurt Sorunu" [Kurd the Porter: Turkish Islam and the Kurdish Question] (Istanbul: Avesta Publishers, 2017). Bilici is a faculty fellow at the CUNY Dispute Resolution Center and a frequent commentator and public speaker on Kurdish and Muslim issues in the contemporary Middle East.

Bülent Batuman | Bilkent University
Bülent Batuman is Associate Professor of Architecture in the Department of Urban Design and Landscape Architecture at Bilkent University in Ankara. His work focuses on the politics of the built environment. He is the author of New Islamist Architecture and Urbanism: Negotiating Nation and Islam through Built Environment in Turkey (2018) and editor of Cities and Islamisms: On the Politics and Production of the Built Environment (forthcoming).

Funding is provided by the Central New York Humanities Corridor, as part of the multi-year event series "New Approaches to Scholarship and Pedagogy of Ottoman and Turkish Architecture" organized by Esra Akcan (Cornell University) and Peter Christensen (University of Rochester). 


Watch videos of the past IES Migrations Series events:

Ethics and Rights of Immigration April 23, 2019 

Ethics and Rights of Immigration Poster

All the countries in the world operate under the assumption that they have a right to control immigration within their jurisdictions. Most states take this right to be very robust, giving the state almost absolute discretion in determining who to let in and under what conditions. But is this right to control immigration morally justified? Should states have almost absolute control over their borders, keeping out anyone they wish? How does immigration control affect the moral standing of minorities within the country? Should borders be much more open and allow a free, or almost free, flow of immigrants? Do individuals living in distressed or war-torn parts of the world have a human right to immigrate to more affluent and peaceful countries? Or is the right to immigration confined to cases of asylum? 

Patti Tamara Lenard (University of Ottawa)
Jeremy Waldron (New York University School of Law)
Christopher Heath Wellman (Washington University in St. Louis)

Moderated by: Andrei Marmor (Cornell University Law and Department of Philosophy)

The Future of EU? Immigration and the Rise of Populism March 7, 2019

The Future of EU Immigration Poster

Freedom House reports that its global index of civil rights and political liberties has been declining for 13 consecutive years from 2005 till 2018, with 68 countries experiencing a net decline in 2018 alone. Many of these countries are associated with Europe, including Hungary, Poland, Turkey and Russia. The recent threats to democracy, the rise of populism in Europe and elsewhere, UK’s vote on Brexit, and similar trends drive scholars to rethink the strength and future of the European Union. The anxieties about immigration shape both the populist and the protectionist discourses in these countries in different ways.

Donatella Di Cesare (Sapienza University of Rome)
Virag Molnar (The New School for Social Research)
Cas Mudde (University of Georgia)

Moderated by: Kenneth Roberts (Cornell University, Department of Government)

Family Separation: Lessons from Europe's Past September 28, 2018

Family Separation - Lessons from Europe's Past Poster

Europe has a long history of family separation, which includes both violent immigration control and advocacy against these discriminatory practices. In this panel, scholars who have researched abusive procedures in gendered immigration control in Britain, Germany, Netherlands, and the lands of the Ottoman Empire presented their studies. Building on her previous work on the British visa officials in London and the Indian subcontinent, as well as her vigorous campaign against such practices, Jacqueline Bhabha (JD, MSc, Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Director of Research at the Harvard FXB Center for Health and Human Rights), delivered her paper “Lessons learnt, forgotten or ignored? Family Separation in Europe and Beyond.” In her talk “Family Separation as a Tool for Genocide: A Look at the 1915 Ottoman Armenian Case,”
Lerna Ekmekçioğlu (McMillan-Stewart Associate Professor of History at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology) analyzed the context and consequences of the Ottoman government’s gendered and familial policies during the process of ‘undoing the Armenian family.’ Finally, in her paper “The Trauma of Family Reunification: Hidden Jewish Children in Holland after World War II”
Diane L. Wolf (Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Davis) focused on the trauma experienced by many hidden children after the war, and how their trauma coalesced around family reunification. 

Exiles in the 21st century: the new ‘population law’ of absolute capitalism September 24, 2018

Exiles in the 21st Century Poster

Clearly the 21st century will be marked by the increasingly large number of exiles, i.e. uprooted and displaced people who find themselves “erring” within or between states and continents, suffering extreme hardship or facing elimination, and creating imminent “pressure” on states and societies, with moral, economic and political dimensions. This can be addressed from totally antithetic standpoints, leading to a polarization of attitudes with unpredictable results, on which the future of our institutions may well depend. While the origins of the exilic process are complex, and the statutes under which the errands themselves are categorized for administrative and ideological reasons are multiple, a neo-Marxist perspective may try and bring some clarification through the investigation of the “population law” that characterizes contemporary neo-liberal or “absolute” capitalism. The talk wanted to describe and assess the value of this possibility. 
Étienne Balibar (Kingston University London, Columbia University)

Blackout: The Necropolitics of Extraction September 19, 2018

Blackout - The Necropolitics of Extraction Poster

This presentation addressed extraction, as well as the politics and aesthetics of emergent forms of resistance today. In view of spreading sacrifice zones given over to resource mining, abetted by exploitative international trade agreements and the finance of debt servitude, intensifying the causes of involuntary migration, what forms do the cultural politics of resistance take, and how are artist-activists materializing the images and sounds of emancipation and decolonization? With reference to the diverse artwork of Angela Melitopoulos, Allora & Calzadilla, and Ursula Biemann, which considers geographies of conflict in such regions as Greece, Puerto Rico, and Canada and Bangladesh, this analysis considered a range of leading artistic approaches that adopt an aesthetics of intersectionality that reveals complex causalities and effects, offered a modeling of politico-ecological interpretation, and proposed forms of solidarity with those on the frontlines of opposition. 
T. J. Demos (University of California at Santa Cruz) 
Co-sponsored with Department of Architecture

Global 1968: Panel with Cornell Faculty September 5, 2018

Global 1968 Panel Poster

1968 has come to be seen as the symbolic date for one of the most influential breaks in the history of the twentieth century. Sudden or incremental, young or multi-generational, academic or activist, intellectual or managerial, quotidian or institutional, transformative socially or in political party systems, revolutionary or reformist, and most likely all of the above to some degree in different places, the critical juncture of 1968 and its global legacies are yet to be assessed. In its fiftieth anniversary, this conversational panel with Cornell faculty presented the short and long term impacts of 1968 on societies around the world, as well as its possible reverberations today.

The speakers made brief presentations on the history and legacy of this chronological marker in Brazil, Chile, France, Germany, India, Italy, Mexico, Pakistan, Turkey and USA, among other locations. A conversation and Q & A followed to construct comparative reviews of this moment of cultural upheaval, university protests and civil rights movements. The speakers of “Global 1968” collectively illustrated the simultaneity and migration of revolutionary ideas.  

Sidney Tarrow (Government, Law)
Elke Siegel (German Studies)
Raymond Craib (History, Latin American Studies)
Larry Glickman (History, American Studies)
Simten Coşar (IES/Einaudi)
Iftikhar Dadi (History of Art, SAP/Einaudi)
Enzo Traverso (Romance Studies)
Moderated by: Esra Akcan (Architecture, IES/Einaudi)

Exhibiting Yugoslavia April 26, 2018

Exhibiting Yugoslavia Poster

The Balkans region has long been seen as only peripherally associated with the project of modernity, and the lands of the former Yugoslavia have been construed in Western art, literature, and culture as Europe’s internal “other”. However, in carefully considering Yugoslav architects’ production and networks of exchange between the years 1948 and 1980, a very different picture of the region emerges.
Martino Stierli (Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at The Museum of Modern Art in New York) talked about his upcoming exhibition on the topic. Rather than a secondary backwater of the modern world, Stierli situated socialist Yugoslavia at the forefront of the period’s international architectural discourse, due in large part to the country’s diverse associations with architects on both sides of the Iron Curtain as well as in Africa and the Middle East. In this sense, the country’s architectural culture can be seen as a laboratory of globalization that undermined Cold War-era dichotomies. Stierli’s presentation was followed by a response by Saša Begović (founding partner of Croatian-based 3LHD Architects, Zagreb, Croatia).
Moderated by: Esra Akcan (Architecture, IES/Einaudi)

The Arts of the Immigrant Continent April 12, 2018

Arts of the Immigrant Continent Poster

A panel discussion which addressed Europe as an immigrant continent, and especially concentrated 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, IES/Einaudi)

Crossing the Mediterranean: Migration, Death, and Culture February 27, 2018

Crossing the Mediterranean Event Poster

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 brought together an international group of scholars and journalists who spoke about the historical and contemporary traumatic experiences, such as deaths, accidents, colonization, and forced migrations, suffered by those crossing the Mediterranean. Panelists exposed the extent of looted archeological objects across seas; discussed the violence of France’s spatial practices during the Algerian Revolution on both sides of the Mediterranean; ­reflected on the main causes of people's drowning in recent years; and focused 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, IES/Einaudi)

Migration of Images October 24, 2017

Migration of Images Poster

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 brought together scholars who spoke to the visualization of Muhammad in art books throughout Europe across centuries, geopolitics of exhibiting paintings and objects, and Bauhaus in India. 

Avinoam Shalem (Columbia University)
Saloni Mathur (University of California at Los Angeles)

Will this robot take my job? October 18, 2017

Will This Robot Take My Job Poster

Anxieties over the issue of migration and hostility towards immigrants seem partly related to automation and fears of unemployment. The panel addressed the relationship between migration and technology (part of “Critically Now” series, AAP). 

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)

Outlawing Dissent: The Flight of Scholars to Europe October 3, 2017

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 addressed the historical and contemporary dimensions of violations of academic freedom. Kader Konuk (Chair, Institut für Turkistik, Universität Duisburg-Essen)