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USA: Refugee Scholars: The Cross-Fertilization of Culture

Sunday 4 March 2018, by siawi3


Just Published:
Refugee Scholars: The Cross-Fertilization of Culture

Guest-edited by Harald Hagemann and William Milberg

Social Research Volume 84, No. 4 (Winter 2017)

At the onset of World War Two, a remarkable effort was born in the United States to rescue European scholars whose lives were threatened by the growing occupation. Hundreds of scholars found safe refuge in the United States, the largest number of whom either passed through or made their intellectual home at the New School for Social Research, where they were able to continue their scholarly work and make significant contributions, not only to their academic fields but to their new home.

This special issue of Social Research, guest-edited by Harald Hagemann (University of Hohenheim) and William Milberg (New School for Social Research), examines the complex matter of refugee scholarship:

. the political and social context of flight and rescue, including papers by Gunnar Take on American support for German economists after 1933 and Simone Lässig on reconsidering the strategies and mechanisms of scholar rescue in the 1930s;

. the struggles and successes of individual scholars establishing themselves in a new land and the impact of a refugee existence on their intellectual productivity, with articles on Frieda Wunderlich, Gerhard Colm, Hannah Arendt, Franco Modigliani, and others;

. the relevance of that earlier intellectual migration to the current context, including essays by Ludger Pries comparing the migrations of the 1930s and the 2010s, and Daniel Bessner, who examines the frequent invocation of the Weimar period as analogous to today.