In the academic year 2019-20, the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies (IHGMS) is hosting an interdisciplinary group of scholars from the Five Colleges to explore the topic of â€œCitizenship and Other States of Belonging.â€�
This working group meets periodically to share its collective research, questions, and interpretations of citizenship and other states of belonging through time and space.
As part of the program, a public panel discussion, â€œStates of Belonging: From Post-Fascist Germany to the Contemporary United States,â€� on Thursday, Nov. 14, will feature invited guest speakers Leslie Allen Adelson and David HernÃ¡ndez. The panel will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the IHGMS building at 758 N Pleasant St., Amherst.
Adelson is the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of German Studies at Cornell University. Former director of the interdisciplinary Institute for German Cultural Studies and current chair of the department of German studies, she teaches modern German literature with an emphasis on literature since 1945, and transnational theories of culture, difference, migration and futurity.
HernÃ¡ndez is associate professor of Latina/o studies at Mount Holyoke College. His research focuses on immigration enforcement and the U.S. detention regime, in particular. He is completing a book on this institution titled â€œAlien Incarcerations: Immigrant Detention and Lesser Citizenship.â€� He is also the co-editor of â€œCritical Ethnic Studies: A Reader.â€�
This event is co-sponsored with the generous support of the department of languages, literatures and cultures and Interdisciplinary Studies Institute.