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Network Winter 2017
Athens, Greece

January 9-13, 2017

Application deadline - Monday, October 3, 2016.

The 2017 Network Winter seminars, which will be held from January 9-13, 2017 at the American College of Greece in Athens, will provide a comprehensive study of the global migration crisis through the theme of "Migration and Identity." The winter seminars will examine this theme from various disciplinary perspectives, and the schedule will include plenary sessions where each seminar convener will present an overview of their seminar topic to the entire group of program participants.

The following seminars will be offered:

Global Climate Change: Science, Economics, Migration
Refugees and Migrants in the 21st Century
Uprooted and Displaced: Refugees, (Im)Migrants, and Exiles in World Literature

 

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Global Climate Change: Science, Economics, Migration
About the Seminar

For many years, entrenched business interests worked systematically and internationally to deny that global climate change is caused by human activity. The problem in the U.S. continues unabated; the November 2016 election platform of one major U.S. political party persists in climate denial. On the other hand, 196 nations at the Paris Climate Summit signed an agreement recognizing that limiting carbon emissions to restrict global temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius or less is critical to avoid the most severe damage to societies. Climate remains an issue that is current and urgent, with profound impact on the lives of our students and succeeding generations. Several recent studies have shown that among its current and potential consequences are dramatic changes in human and animal migration patterns. Rising temperatures are projected to regularly reach life-threatening levels in the Persian Gulf region by 2100. Even modest warming by 2 degrees Celsius (within the range accepted by the Paris Summit) could push tropical species hundreds of miles from the equator, causing spikes in population in parts of the subtropics. Already, the global refugee crisis can be traced directly to effects of climate change in Syria and other Middle Eastern countries, as well as in Africa.

This seminar will review the scientific evidence for human induced global climate change and how this evidence is (and is not) being used to inform public policy. We propose to address the following issues: How rigorous is the current scientific understanding about the mechanisms of global climate change? What are the projected impacts of global climate change on human populations, economics, and vital food and water resources? Can the so-called carbon "bubble" be addressed realistically? Are international agreements to address global climate change viable? We will explore creative ways to introduce global climate change into the undergraduate curriculum for students in different disciplines, including science majors and non-majors.


About the Convener

Benjamin Santer is an atmospheric scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. His early research contributed to the historic "discernible human influence" conclusion of the 1995 Report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. His recent work has attempted to identify human factors in a number of different climate variables. He holds a Ph.D. in climatology from the University of East Anglia, England. He spent five years at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Germany, and worked on the development and application of climate fingerprinting methods. He served as convening lead author of the climate change detection and attribution chapter of the 1995 IPCC report, and was the convening lead author of a key chapter of the U.S. Climate Change Science Program's report on "Temperature Trends in the Lower Atmosphere." His awards include the Norbert Gerbier MUMM International Award; a MacArthur Fellowship; the U.S. Department of Energy's E.O. Lawrence Award; a Distinguished Scientist Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Biological and Environmental Research; a Fellowship of the American Geophysical Union; and membership in the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.

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Refugees and Migrants in the 21st Century
Co-sponsored by the Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at New York University

About the Seminar

Sixty million people today are marked as refugees or are internally displaced within their own countries. If they made up a country, it would be the 24th largest in the world. What is driving this migration of people, the largest since World War II? The British-Somali poet Warshan Shire writes:

No one leaves home unless/ home is the mouth of a shark/ you only run for the border/ when you see the whole city running as well [...] I want to go home, but home is the mouth of a shark/ home is the barrel of the gun/ and no one would leave home/ unless home chased you to the shore

This seminar will examine why people are fleeing their homes; the networks of smuggling and traffic that have developed around the Mediterranean; the international refugee regime; refugee rights; and the various laws that countries and the European Union have developed to manage refugees and migrants. Greece, among other European nations, has been very visible as a site of this activity, although far larger numbers of migrants and refugees seek safety outside of Europe with far less attention from the media and international actors.

We will consider the choices refugees and migrants must make, the difficulties they face, the losses they suffer, and the achievements that come to define them. Most importantly, we will learn from the artistic, cultural, and non-fiction works of refugees themselves.

While no background or field specialization is required, this course will appeal most to historians, anthropologists, sociologists, political scientists, and area studies professors. We also will share strategies about teaching the subject of refugees and migrants in the college classroom, drawing partially upon Rochelle and Grace Benton's project "Teaching about Forced Displacement," which generated a number of transferrable classroom activities.

See here for more information: https://blogs.commons.georgetown.edu/rochelledavis/refugee-video-project/

Topics to be covered:

  • Smuggling and Trafficking
  • Human Rights and Refugee Rights
  • Refugees as Aliens and Foreign Bodies
  • Artwork and Cultural Productions


About the Convener

Rochelle Davis Rochelle Davis is an associate professor of cultural anthropology in the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. Since July 2013, she has been the academic director of the M.A. in Arab Studies Program. Her most recent research in Jordan and Lebanon has examined both Syrian refugees displaced by the violence in Syria and Iraqi refugees who fled to Jordan and Syria post 2005. She has authored or co-authored a number of reports on this research. Her book, Palestinian Village Histories: Geographies of the Displaced (Stanford University Press), was co-winner of the Middle East Studies Association's Albert Hourani Book Award recognizing outstanding publications in Middle East studies. Her other research interests focus on the role of culture in the U.S. military in the war in Iraq. Her past research has explored Arab and Arab American identity and Palestinian social and cultural life prior to 1948. She has also collected over fifty oral histories of Palestinian Jerusalemites about their lives in the twentieth century.

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Uprooted and Displaced: Refugees, (Im)Migrants, and Exiles in World Literature
About the Seminar

The past century has witnessed the displacement and dispersal of millions of people around the globe, forced from their homelands by factors such as war, persecution, environmental change, and socio-economic deprivation. With over 200 million people now living outside their country of origin, migration has become the norm of our contemporary age. In Imaginary Homelands, Salman Rushdie writes that to migrate is "to lose language and home, to be defined by others, to become invisible or, even worse, a target; it is to experience deep changes and wrenches in the soul." He asserts, however, that "the migrant is not simply transformed by [this] act; he transforms his new world" (210). How has migration (both forced and voluntary) resulted in a renegotiation of the concepts of identity, nationality, home and belonging? Does migration foster transnational and transcultural identities? How do migrants (in the words of Rushdie) transform their new worlds?

In this seminar we will address these and other questions through our reading of world literature that explores the ways in which migration questions and challenges constructions of place and identity. We will examine literary texts that treat the interrelated themes of diaspora and home, exile and otherness, and borders and border crossings. We will also study theoretical texts about migration and identity by scholars such as Edward Said, Paul Gilroy, and Salman Rushdie, among others. Finally, we will consider how the insights gained in this seminar are relevant to our own changing global communities, which will include a focus on Greece and the refugee crisis.


About the Conveners

Adrianne Kalfopoulou is a full-time faculty member at Deree-The American College of Greece, where she directs the Writing Program. She has taught literature and creative writing in various institutions including the Graduate Writing Program at New York University and the Masters Program in British and North American Literatures at the University of Freiburg. She is on the low residency Mile-High MFA program at Regis University and part of the Black Forest Summer Writing Seminars at the University of Freiburg. Her publications including two poetry collections from Red Hen Press, and more recently, a collection of prose, Ruin, Essays in Exilic Living. Her teaching focus has been in American Literature, Women's Studies, Poetry and Nonfiction, areas in which she has published.

Hariclea Zengos has been a professor in the Department of English and Modern Languages at Deree-The American College of Greece since 1989. Her research and publications focus on postcolonial literature, Greek writers of the diaspora (with a specific interest in Greek-Australian and Greek-American writers), and modern travel writing about Greece. She has presented papers at a number of international conferences; published book chapters in critical volumes such as Australian Made: A Multicultural Reader (Sydney UP, 2009) and New Urges in Postcolonial Literature (Atlanta, 2009); and contributed essays to The Literature of Travel and Exploration (Fitzroy Dearborn, 2003) and British Travel Writers, 1876-1909 (Gale, 1999). She was a fellow at the Salzburg Seminar for American Studies (2003) and a seminar participant at the Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History at Yale University (2010). She has served as Deree-ACG's English department head (2001-2005) and director of the English Language Program (2010-2012). From 2011-2014 she held the position of Associate Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Since Fall 2014 she holds the position of Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

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