Programs and Papers

The unprecedented movement of people across and within national boundaries is testing the traditional connection between citizenship and territoriality, in many respects the most enduring of all legacies of the nation-state. Capital, goods and services now cross national borders easily, and information and ideas flow with far fewer impediments than ever before. But human beings still cannot cross borders without scrutiny and, increasingly, resistance. Why has migration become such a volatile issue in the 21st century? Are people moving for different reasons or behaving differently than they have in the past? Do immigrants now excite new or deeper fears – fears for economic or political security, or fears about who we are? Can we imagine alternative ways of thinking about immigrants that transcend the nation-state? Will it ever be possible to both appreciate and alleviate the insecurities experienced by those who are considered “outsiders” because of birth and circumstance?

Global Challenges: Migration brings together scholars from different fields, perspectives, and countries to address these questions, and to pursue answers that will move the debates in promising directions.

All events will take place in Gamble Auditorium in the Art Building at Mount Holyoke College and are free and open to the public.

Friday, March 5

8:00 pm
Keynote:
  Why Not the Whole World: Ethical Dilemmas of Immigration Policy
Aristide Zolberg, Walter P. Eberstadt Professor of Political Science, New School for Social Research

Saturday, March 6

8:30 - 10:15 am   
Security and Migration

Moderator and Discussant:
Jon Western, Five College Associate Professor of International Relations, Mount Holyoke College

Panelists:
Long-distance Conflict, Diaspora Mobilization and International Security
Fiona Adamson, Senior Lecturer in International Relations, School of Oriental and African Studies
University of London

The ‘Securitization’ of Climate-Induced Migration: Climate Change, Environmental Security and Borders in a Warming World
Greg White, Professor of Government, Smith College

Taking Gender Seriously in Asylum and Refugee Policies
Jane Freedman, Professor, Universite de Paris 8, Vincennes-St. Denis

10:45 am - 12:30 pm   
Political Economy of Migration

Moderator and Discussant:
Calvin Chen, Associate Professor of Politics, Mount Holyoke College

Panelists:
Political Economy of International Migration of the Highly Educated from Low Income Countries: Inducing a Brain Gain
Shahrukh Khan,Visiting Professor of Economics, Mount Holyoke College

A Public Goods Approach to Managing Migration
James Hollifield, Arnold Professor of International Political Economy, Southern Methodist University

The Economic Security of Refugees and IDPs
Karen Jacobsen, Associate Professor, Feinstein International Center, Tufts University

2:00 pm - 3:45 pm 
Citizenship and Political Engagement

Moderator and Discussant: 
Joan Cocks, Professor of Politics, Mount Holyoke College

Panelists:
Free Speech or Hate Speech: The Danish Cartoon Controversy in the European Legal Context
Erik Bleich, Associate Professor of Political Science, Middlebury College

Deciding to Jump: Immigration, Civic Engagement, and the Responsibilities of Citizenship
Caroline Brettell, University Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, Southern Methodist University

Faustian Bargains: American Immigration Reform
Daniel Tichenor, Philip H. Knight Professor of Social Science, University of Oregon

3:45 pm
Concluding Remarks