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March 2018

Visegrad Talk • Ethnicity and Race in Poland, Politics, and the Mobility of Knowledge, 1918–1952

March 20 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Until the mid-twentieth century, studies of ethnicity and race were a source of an epistemological and political competition between scientific schools in Europe and the United States. As a result, ubiquitous notions developed in the post-World War I period about ethnic and racial differences, the meaning of civilization, national character, and cultural patterns that traveled across borders and time. This presentation will explore how these notions were integrated, domesticated, and altered to fit into debates on the complex relationship between science, modern society, and…

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April 2018

Visegrad Talk • “Who Belongs?”: Contesting Citizenship in Central Europe

April 17 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

The migrant crisis in 2015 has caught most European countries unprepared and solicited diverse responses from the "old" and "new" Europe. Central European countries responded with almost hysterical fear and rejection of the possibility to settle some of the incoming refugees on their territory. This reaction has historical and cultural roots upon which the very conception of citizenship is defined and interpreted. It is connected to an exclusivist idea of a state-forming nation in this region, which already perceives the "old" ethnic minorities…

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