Migration Research Project: First Stage
The members of the first stage of the international research project organized their work under the heading of "Migration Regimes". During this two-year pilot stage, the Nevzlin Center cooperated with a number of academic institutions, including the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University, the Harriman Institute at Columbia University and the Judaic Studies Department at Indiana University.
The research team conducted its work in three interconnected clusters, each dedicated to a specific topic. The first cluster – Kenneth Moss (Johns Hopkins University), Eli Lederhendler (Hebrew University) and Frank Wolf (Osnabrűck University) – focused on larger structural issues like government policy and economic factors. The second cluster Anna Lipphardt – (Freiburg University) and Jeffrey Veidlinger (Indiana University) – concentrated on personal aspects of migration, including memory and the individual experience. The third cluster – Tammy Razi (Sapir College) and Rafi Tsirkin-Sadan (Hebrew University) – dealt with public discourses and representations.
The concluding conference for the first stage of the research project, “Russian Jewish Migration Across Borders, Across Time,” convened at Columbia University in New York City in October 2012. The Nevzlin Center organized the conference in cooperation with the Harriman Institute at Columbia University, the Barnard College Forum on Migration and The Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies at Columbia University. Participants in the research group were able to share their findings with other team members, some of the scholars to be engaged in the second stage of the research project, as well as other scholars from the New York area. The program of the conference in pdf format can be downloaded here.
Our first research group completed its work during the summer of 2013. A total of seven papers were produced by members of the group and are now under consideration for publication as a Special Issue in a scholarly journal. We hope that this collection of studies will reinsert the study of Jewish migration from Eastern Europe back into the heart of the current, dynamic, international scholarly dialogue on migration.