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Knowledge in Flight: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Scholar Rescue in North America

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall 55 West 13th Street, Room I-202, New York, NY 10011

Knowledge in Flight: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Scholar Rescue in North America

December 4th | Leo Baeck Institute
December 5th | The New School for Social Research

Knowledge in Flight is a conference investigating the migration of scholars from perilous and intellectually oppressive political settings to new environments that allow them to continue their work and thrive. The program focuses on the institutional forces that have promoted or impeded scholar rescue. The conference explores the topic from a variety of perspectives, including historical, institutional, financial, geopolitical, and cultural vantage points. Ultimately, Knowledge in Flight is aimed at deepening our understanding of the history of scholar rescue while providing insights on today’s refugee crisis. 


Monday, December 4th
Leo Baeck Institute
Leo and Julia Forcheimer Auditorium
15 West 16th Street
New York, NY, 10011

Introduction, 6:30pm
David Van Zandt, President of The New School

Keynote, 6:45pm                
Pariahs and Prophets: How Outsiders Help Insiders Think about the World
Jeremy Adelman, Princeton University        

Welcome, 7:45pm
David Gill, Consul General of Germany

Reception, 8:00pm                 
Paul S. and Sylvia Steinberg Great Hall

RSVP for Day 1 Here

Tuesday, December 5th
The New School for Social Research
Theresa Lang Student Center
55 West 13th Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10011

Introduction, 9:00am
Simone Lässig, William Weitzer, William Milberg  

Panel 1, 9:15am                      
Obstacles and Opportunities: The Context of Refugee Scholarship

Moderator: Stefan Rinke, FU Berlin

The University itself was in Exile
Judith Friedlander, Hunter College

Exile dynamics & impacts of European Social Scientists since the 1930s
Ludger Pries, El Colegio de Mexico / Ruhr Universität Bochum

International rescue of academics, intellectuals and artists during the Second World War: the experience of Mexico
Daniela Gleizer, UNAM, Institute de Investigaciones Historicas

Coffee Break, 10:45am

Panel 2, 11:00am            
Imperiled Colleagues and Unwanted Competitors: Refugees on the
Academic Job Market 

Moderator:  Anne Schenderlein, GHI, Washington D.C.

Refugee Scholars as Employees: New Perspectives on Academic Placement
Isabella Löhr, University of Leipzig, Germany

Brazilian intellectuals exiled in Chile (1964-1973)
Elisa Kluger, University of Sao Paulo, Brasil

The "intellectual exile": New Perspectives on Spanish Republican Scholar Rescue in Mexico
Marion Röwekamp, Institute for Latin American Studies, Freie University, Berlin

Lunch, 12:30pm                     
Remarks by Julika Griem, Vice-President of the German Research Foundation (DFG), Goethe University Frankfurt

Panel 3, 2:00                       
Activism and Organization: The Role of Institutions in Refugee Scholar Rescue

Moderator: Jane Edwards, Yale University        

From refugee scholars to returnees: the Ford Foundation behind the Iron Curtain, 1948-1970
Matthias Duller, University of Graz, Austria

Destination Manhattan: The Roots of the International Rescue Committee in Socialist Exile Circles, 1933-63
Scott Krause, ZZF Potsdam / UNC Chapel Hill

Competitive Cooperation: The Society for the Protection of Science and Learning, the American Emergency Committee and the Placement of Refugee Scholars in North America
David Zimmerman, University of Victoria, BC, Canada

Coffee Break, 4:00pm            

Closing Roundtable, 4:30pm
Protecting Endangered Scholars and Scientists: Historical Perspectives, Contemporary Challenges

Moderator: Simone Lässig, German Historical Institute, Washington, D.C.

David Gill, German Consulate, New York
Alan Goodman, Institute of International Education
Asli Igsiz, New York University

Reception, 5:30pm

RSVP for Day 2 Here


Presented by The New School for Social Research in partnership with the German Historical Institute and the Leo Baeck Institute.

With support from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) and Dr. Henry Kaufman.

This event is part of The Nth Degree Series: Creative Minds Creating Change.

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Getting Here

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By Train:
The 4, 5, 6, N, R, Q and L to 14th St./Union Square.
The A, C and E to 14th St. and 8th Ave.
The 1, 2 and 3 to 14th St. and 7th Ave.
The The F and M to 14th St. and 6th Ave.
PATH train to 14th St. and 6th Ave.

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