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Bridging Divides: An Interdisciplinary Discussion on Migration and Belonging

Sunil Gupta, Jama Masjid, Delhi/Boulevard René Lévesque Ouest, Montréal, 2001–3, from the series Homelands. Pigment print. Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Purchase through the generosity of José M. Soriano, 2010.430. © Sunil Gupta.


Center for European Studies, Adolphus Busch Hall, 27 Kirkland Street at Cabot Way
Cambridge MA

Join us at the Center for European Studies at Harvard for an interdisciplinary discussion on the notion of belonging, offered in conjunction with the exhibition Crossing Lines, Constructing Home: Displacement and Belonging in Contemporary Art at the Harvard Art Museums.

The panel brings together the exhibition’s curators, Makeda Best and Mary Schneider Enriquez, and two social scientists, Friederike Römer and Jonathan Laurence, to explore questions such as: how might we expand our understanding of the ways in which refugees and immigrants assert their own sense of belonging while navigating the expectations of their new societies? How do visual representations shape our notion of what it means to belong? How are processes of belonging shaped by social, cultural, and political contexts?

Jonathan Laurence, Professor of Political Science, Boston College; Local Affiliate, CES, Harvard University
Friederike Römer, Postdoctoral Researcher, CRC Global Dynamics of Social Polity, University of Bremen; John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow & Visiting Scholar 2019–20, CES, Harvard University
Makeda Best, Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography, Harvard Art Museums
Mary Schneider Enriquez, Houghton Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Harvard Art Museums

Free admission. The program will take place at Adolphus Busch Hall, in the Lower Level Conference Room. Please enter via the entrance on Cabot Way. For additional information and directions, visit the Center for European Studies (CES) website.

Following the discussion, all guests are invited to join a reception in the Center for European Studies atrium.

This event has been generously supported by a funding program provided by CES to support activities organized by Graduate Student Affiliates and is co-sponsored by CES Special Events and the Harvard Art Museums.