May 11-13: The Impossible Order (International Conference)

From May 11 through 13, Bard College Berlin will participate in the international conference The Impossible Order: Europe, Power, and the Search for a New Migration Regime, initiated by the Centre for Contemporary History Potsdam and held at the Visitor Centre of the Berlin Wall Memorial (Bernauer Strasse 119, 13355 Berlin). 

Europe's last three decades have been fundamentally shaped by migration and the attempts to regulate it. Not only the most recent arrival of refugees but also intra-European labor migration or questions of successful integration and diversity inspire both social change and conflict. Are we today standing at the dawn of a new epoch, in the middle of a continuing process or in front of a gigantic pile of debris? How can we historicize these search movements of the recent past and learn from them for the present? How have decisions and debates changed not only the migration processes but also Europe’s identity? 

At the historic site of the Berlin Wall Memorial, international migration researchers, journalists, historians, artists, activists, and students will discuss this search for a European migration regime, which is also a search for a new Europe. 

The speakers include Peter Gatrell, Dieter Gosewinkel, Bashshar Haydar, Sabine Hess, Sergey Lagodinsky, Rouba Mhaissen, Orwa Nyrabia, Maxi Obexer, Jochen Oltmer, Joseph Vogl, and others. Coming from very different perspectives they will discuss the contemporary history of the search for a comprehensive migration order in Europe over the last three decades. The dynamic caused by the tension between the political will to establish order and control on the one hand, and creative human action that disrupts such attempts on the other will play a central role in these discussions.

The conference is organized by the Centre for Contemporary History Potsdam, and supported by the Federal Agency for Civic Education, the Andrea von Braun Foundation, and Bard College Berlin, in cooperation with the American Academy Berlin, the Centre Marc Bloch, and the Institute for Migration and Intercultural Studies, Osnabrück.

An exhibition of works by migrant and refugee students from Bard College Berlin and the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, and a theater performance will frame the discussions.

View full program here.

Admission free.
The conference will be held in English and German, with simultaneous translation.

Please register until May 4, 2017 with Henrike Voigtlaender at

Further info (in German)