What kind of questions of social solidarity are posed to European societies by increasing numbers of migrants? How should the left, with a tradition of defending internationalism and progressive forms of social solidarity respond? What can we learn from historical and global examples? Within the scope of this symposium, social and cultural activists, professors from Indiana University and re:work fellows will discuss critical questions about labor migration and the role of the state in regional width as well as in historical depth.
The Past - Roundtable discussion with researchers from IGK, Arbeit und Lebenslauf in globalgeschichtlicher Perspektive
Sebastian Conrad (FU Berlin): Coolie” labor in the German Empire
Neda Deneva (Centre for Liberal Strategies, Sofia): The work /citizenship nexus in EU migration: the case of Bulgarian Roma mobile workers
Manja Stephan-Emmrich (Humboldt U Berlin): Dubai as ‘Ideal’ and ‘Worst Place’
Jonathan Hyslop (Colgate U): An African Port and the Life‐Cycles of a Transnational Workforce
Discussant: Alex Lichtenstein (IU)
2:00pm – 3:45pm
The Present - Roundtable discussion with social and cultural activists and researchers
What kind of questions of social solidarity are posed to European societies by increasing numbers of migrants? How should the left, with a tradition of defending internationalism and progressive forms of social solidarity respond?
Barbara Fried (Rosa-Luxemburg Stiftung)
Fazila Bhimji (U of Central Lancashire): Refugee Activism: A case for prefigurative politics?
Claudia Breger (IU): Rethinking Solidarity in a Shared World: Beyond one people, with the people?
Discussant: Ben Robinson (IU)
4:15pm – 6:00pm
Teaching Migration: A showcase of IU’s 2015 “Themester”
IU professors who taught in the Fall IUB Themester, “@work: The Nature of Labor on a Changing Planet” will describe the planning and outcome of their classes.
Akin Adesokan (Comp Lit): Migrants, Refugees, Cosmopolitans
Stepanka Korytova (International Studies): Global Human Trafficking
Michelle Moyd (History): African Labor History
Discussant: Ben Robinson (Germanic Studies)
6:30pm Documentary Screening Philipp Scheffler`s Revision (tbc)
Reception to follow