The 50th Anniversary of Migration from Turkey to Germany “(Re)Considering the Last 50 Years of Migration and Current Immigration Policies in Germany”
Date: October 26th-28th, 2011
Venue: Goethe Institute and Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington, DC
For more information and registration: http://migrationtogermany.eventbrite.com/
The conference brings scholars, policy experts, and practitioners
together to articulate the contemporary debates on migration and
immigration policy in Germany, and to compare the German case to other
European countries as well as North America from interdisciplinary and
international perspectives. The focus on immigration from Turkey to
Germany over an extended period (1961-2011) will permit a close
examination of the dynamics of discourse on immigration, and how these
discourses have shaped public attitudes and political debate, which in
turn have influenced the course of migration policies in Germany.
Against this background, the following specific questions will be addressed at various conference panels:
• What makes migration in/to Germany different from other countries of immigration?
• In comparison to other European countries, is immigration an
exceptional issue in the sociopolitical and historical context of
Germany and, if so, what makes it exceptional?
• Historically, how has German society dealt with diversity? What roles
do race, ethnicity, and religion play in the incorporation and
acceptance of immigrants?
• The 1961 agreement with Turkey was the first signed by Germany with a
country considered to be both non-European and Islamic. What
significance has this had over the course of the past 50 years, and
especially in the years since 9/11?
• What kinds of images of immigrants are created and conveyed by the
German mass media? What links can be found between these media
representations -- especially those relating to gender-related topics
such as violence, oppression, integration and education -- and
acceptance of immigrants in the society as a whole?
• Considering the impact of the global economic crisis, have immigrants
come to be regarded as economicallysuperfluousand even as obstaclesby
• How important are the public policies and overarching legal framework
that promote political diversity, equal treatment, and
anti-discrimination for immigrant rights and political participation,
both in a formal sense and in terms of practical experiences?
Bringing together a wide variety of experts, the conference will further
the discussion on the above-mentioned questions and on immigration
policies. It aims to add impulses for novel approaches to these issues
in which current academic analysis is considered in policy making.
BMW Center for German & European Studies
Bunn Intercultural Center, Suite 501
Washington, DC 20057-1022
Phone: (202) 687-8067
Email: cges events
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