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Resistance and Readiness: Immigration, Nativism and the Challenge of Ethnic and Religious Diversity in the US and Europe Today 27 Sep - 01 Oct, 2012
IMAGINATIONResistance and Readiness: Immigration, Nativism and the Challenge of Ethnic and Religious Diversity in the US and Europe Today27 Sep - 01 Oct, 2012




    A special four day symposium organized by the Salzburg Seminar American Studies Association will be held at the Salzburg Global Seminar, Salzburg, Austria from September 27-October 1, 2012. The symposium is open to individuals working in the field of the topic; most participants will be university academics and journalists from a wide variety of countries. All activities will take place at the historic Schloss Leopoldskron in Salzburg, Austria, and the adjacent Meierhof.

    In some ways the meeting will be a ten year review of issues raised in an American Studies seminar held at Schloss Leopoldskron early in 2002. At that earlier gathering, 38 Americanists from 25 countries addressed "The Continuing Challenge of America's Ethnic Pluralism". That symposium was focused mainly on general issues of race and ethnicity, the impact of then-recent immigrants and refugees in the US, and concern about mounting xenophobia in the USA in the immediately wake of "9/11." Since then much has happened on both sides of the Atlantic in regard to issues of migration, integration, and what some have called "the limits of tolerance." The 2012 symposium will examine these matters once again, but this time from a much more comparative perspective. Distinguished specialists in the field will lead plenary sessions, panels, and discussion groups looking at such topics as grounds for migration (push and pull factors), dichotomies between "natives" and "newcomers" and their significance in the US and various parts of Europe, identities and distinctions between "they" and "we" as expressed in politics and in the art and literature of marginality, patterns of adaptation and integration -- and isolation, and the varied meanings of "tolerance."

    Many of these matters were addressed in a recent Council of Europe report, "Living Together: Combining Diversity and Freedom in 21st Century Europe," drafted by the Salzburg Global Seminar's Senior Program Advisor Edward Mortimer on behalf of a Group of Eminent Persons chosen by the Council's Secretary-General. We hope to spend at least one session reviewing that report and responses to it along with comparable American documents. Its central theme will be a leitmotiv throughout all of our deliberations.


    Peter Rose
    Sophia Smith Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Anthropology and Senior Fellow, Kahn Liberal Arts Institute, Smith College, and Visiting Scholar, Institute for Research in the Social Sciences, Stanford University


    Farid Hafez
    Researcher, Department of Political Science, University of Salzburg; Editor of the German "Jahrbuch für Islamophobieforschung" (Islamophobia Studies Yearbook)
    Rob Kroes
    Honorary Professor of American Studies, University of Utrecht; author of "Signs of Fascism Rising" (2016)
    Edward Mortimer
    Senior Program Advisor and former Senior Vice President and Chief Program Officer, Salzburg Global Seminar; Former Chief Speechwriter and Director of Communications to the Secretary General of the United Nations
    Berndt Ostendorf
    Professor Emeritus, North American Cultural History, America Institute, Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich
    Hedwig Rose
    Hedwig C. Rose has taught at every level, from pre-school to university. She was born in Amsterdam and has lived in the United States since 1947. She has served on the faculties of Smith College; the University of Massachusetts, Hampshire College, where s
    Rubén G. Rumbaut
    Professor of Sociology, University of California Irvine
    Reinhold Wagnleitner
    Reinhold Wagnleitner is associate professor of modern history at the University of Salzburg and was visiting professor of United States history at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and the Un