Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Building on its position as a leader in challenging contemporary thought on the most pressing global issues, The New School for Social Research announces the launch of the Zolberg Center on Global Migration. The Center will provide a space for research and scholarship, policy debate, and discussion with activists and artists around issues of global migration and mobility, their economic impact, political consequences and their meaning for issues of citizenship and identity In addition to hosting key speakers and panels and conducting interdisciplinary scholarly research, starting next fall the Center will also form and fund working groups and labs around areas of common interest related to global migration amongst faculty and students.
Named for the late Ary Zolberg (1931 – 2013), Professor of Politics at the New School for Social Research and pioneer in the fields of immigration politics, studies of ethnicity, and practices of integration, the Center will kick off with an emphasis in three areas: migration and mobility within the Global South; intersections of global migration and new forms of media and technology; and the transnational relationships between emigrants and their home countries.
The first opening event features an address by Kenneth Prewitt, the Carnegie Professor of Social Affairs at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, on “What is Your Race? And Why the State Wants to Know,” discussing his forthcoming book on racial politics surrounding the United States Census on Wednesday, March 5.