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Taking Control: Transatlantic Knowledge for Migration Policy in the Interwar Period

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 3:30pm to 5:00pm

McKenzie Hall, 375
1101 Kincaid Street, Eugene, OR

History Workshop presents "Taking Control: Transatlantic Knowledge for Migration Policy in the Interwar Period" with Julie Weise, Associate Professor of History, UO, and Christoph Rass, Professor of Modern History and Historical Migration Studies, Universität Osnabrück, Germany.

Today, nearly 20 million people worldwide are employed as state-sanctioned temporary labor migrants outside their home country. Weise, an historian of migration in the Americas, and Rass, an historian of migration in Europe, go back to the initial growth of this phenomenon in the early twentieth century. They ask: how did the idea of bilateral, state-managed “guest worker” contracts migrate between Europe and the United States in the interwar period? And, what contribution did this intellectual migration make to the shape of a significant human migration: the Mexico-U.S. bracero program, which brought more than 4 million Mexican men to work in the United States between 1942 and 1964? Weise and Rass look forward to discussing their preliminary results at this History Workshop, to take place near the end of Rass’ three-week residency in Eugene.

Sponsored by the History department and the Global Studies Institute Global Oregon Faculty Collaboration Fund.

Refreshments will be served.

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