The Botstiber Foundation is pleased to present a panel discussion on migration issues (including related issues of racism, nationalism and terrorism) confronting both Austria and the United States from the perspective of three leading academics who will compare and contrast the issues that afflict both countries.
Migration is one of the most divisive issues in American and Austrian politics. The issue dominates the 2016 campaign for the American presidency. A Republican candidate would deport all illegal immigrants, refuse entry to all Muslims, and build a wall between Mexico and the US to prevent Latin Americans from entering. Austrians are polarized by the surge of Middle Eastern immigrants coming across their border, first from Hungary and later from Slovenia. Nearly 100,000 people have applied for asylum in Austria over the past year, raising fears of joblessness, terrorism and cultural collapse.
The three leading academics are:
Farid Hafez, a researcher at the Department of Political Science at the University of Salzburg. He is also the editor of the German-English Islamophobia Studies Yearbook and was awarded the Bruno Kreisky Award for the political book of the year for his German anthology Islamophobia in Austria which he edited together with John Bunzl.
James Hollifield, a Professor of Political Science, Ora Nixon Arnold Chair in International Political Economy, and Director of the Tower Center at Southern Methodist University. As a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Public Policy Scholar at the Wilson Center, he has published widely on international political and economic issues, including Immigrants, Markets and States (Harvard UP), Migration Theory (Routledge), and Controlling Immigration (Stanford UP). His current projects include The Emerging Migration State – a study of how states manage international migration for strategic gains.
Tara Zahra, a Professor of East European history at the University of Chicago where she specializes, in part, on transnational and comparative history, nationalism, migration and displacement. She is the author of a new book on a history of emigration from East Central Europe to Western Europe and the United States between 1889 and the present.
Guests are also welcome to stay for the wine and cheese reception.
When: Friday, May 20, 2016 | 6:30 pm
Where: Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW, Washington, DC 20008.