Borders, Fences & Defenses: A Global Perspective
February 20 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
With a national emergency declared over border protection, this discussion offers insight into the history of borders. The central question is: what exactly is a border?
Seemingly stable lines separating two countries or geographical areas, borders have been contested throughout history and are frequently at the center of political conflict. Attention will be given to the development of the nation-state, migration, and the tension between globalization and protectionism. Borders that will be examined more carefully are: the Irish “backstop” within the context of the impending Brexit; the boundary between Israel and the Palestinian Territories; the Iron Curtain with, as its epicenter, the Berlin Wall; the 38th parallel north between South and North Korea; and of course the U.S. – Mexico border. Q & A to follow.
5:30pm | Doors Open for Networking and Reception with Light Bites
5:45pm | Welcome and Discussion Kick-Off
Prof. Johannes Evelein is chair of the Department of Language and Culture Studies at Trinity College. A frequent border crosser, he has studied in the Netherlands, Germany, Norway and the United States and holds a PhD in German Studies. He joined the Trinity faculty in 1997 where he teaches German Studies and general humanities courses with an emphasis on 20th century literature and culture. His research focuses on exile literature written during the Nazi era. His most recent book is entitled, Literary Exiles From Nazi Germany. Exemplarity and the Search for Meaning. His current book project deals with the importance of borders and boundaries in the European literary imagination. More broadly, he is exploring the new and richly interdisciplinary field of Environmental Humanities.