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Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility


The Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility

A truly interdisciplinary endeavor, the institute

builds on the intellectual tradition of migration

unites the university’s schools and programs

studies at The New School and provides a space

to address migration and mobility. Critical

for research, policy debate, and discussion

perspectives prepare students and faculty

among activists and artists on global migration

to question political terms such as borders,

and mobility and their economic and political

sovereignty, citizenship, and nation-states.

consequences and relationship to citizenship

Faculty and students from Parsons School of

and identity.

Design bring a focus on design, technology,

The Zolberg Institute is the world’s first

and material culture, which helps the institute

migration center to focus on mobility. The

reassess the reasons why people move and the

institute—named for the late Aristide Zolberg,

traces they leave behind. The Milano School of

NSSR professor of politics and pioneer in

International Affairs, Management, and Urban

immigration politics, studies of ethnicity,

Policy and the School of Media Studies employ

and practices of integration—constitutes

their own scholarly approaches in innovative

a reinvigoration of Zolberg’s International

forms of public outreach, including engagements

Center for Migration, Ethnicity and Citizenship,

with media (e.g., Feet in 2 Worlds) and public

founded in the 1990s. Directed by former

education (e.g., Humanities Action Lab). This

UN Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees

enables us to make sense of current events and

T. Alexander Aleinikoff, the institute brings

tackle new problems more effectively.

together global scholars with unique talents and skills to innovatively rethink human mobility and advance debates about migration

and claims for social justice. Fig. 7 The International Center for Migration, Ethnicity and Citizenship (ICMEC), founded by Aristide Zolberg, hosted an event on March 29, 1994, at which former Ambassador to Yugoslavia Warren Zimmerman participated in a lecture titled “The State Department’s Role in U.S. Foreign Policy Making.”

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