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Announcing the 2016 Botstiber Lecture on Austrian-American Affairs
Migration is one of the most divisive issues in American and Austrian politics.
The issue dominates the 2016 campaign for the American presidency. A Republican candidate
would deport all illegal immigrants, refuse entry to all Muslims, and build a wall between
Mexico and the US to prevent Latin Americans from entering.
Austrians are polarized by the surge of Middle Eastern (mostly Syrian) immigrants coming
across their border, first from Hungary and later from Slovenia. Nearly 100,000 people have
applied for asylum in Austria over the past year, raising fears of joblessness, terrorism and
On Friday, May 20, 2016, the Botstiber Foundation is pleased to present a panel discussion on
migration issues (including related issues of racism, nationalism and terrorism) confronting both Austria and the United States from the perspective of three leading academics (listed belowalphabetically) who will compare and contrast the issues that afflict both countries.
Farid Hafez is a researcher at the Department of Political Science at the University of Salzburg.
He is the editor of the German-English Islamophobia Studies Yearbook and was awarded the
Bruno Kreisky Award for the political book of the year for his German anthology Islamophobia
in Austria which he edited together with John Bunzl.
James Hollifield is Professor of Political Science, Ora Nixon Arnold Chair in International
Political Economy, and Director of the Tower Center at Southern Methodist University. A
member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Public Policy Scholar at the Wilson Center, he
has published widely on international political and economic issues, including Immigrants,
Markets and States (Harvard UP), Migration Theory (Routledge), and Controlling Immigration
(Stanford UP). His current projects include The Emerging Migration State – a study of how
states manage international migration for strategic gains.
Tara Zahra is Professor of East European history at the University of Chicago where she
specializes, in part, on transnational and comparative history, nationalism, migration and
displacement. She is the author of a new book on a history of emigration from East Central
Europe to Western Europe and the United States between 1889 and the present.
Information about the program:
Friday, May 20, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
Embassy of Austria, 3542 International Court NW, Washington, DC 20008.
Admission is free, but registration is required.
The Botstiber Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant proposals, except for grant requests to the Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies.