In the frame of the exhibition
"Persecuted, Robbed, Expelled - Artistic Works on Repression in Vienna
and Graz in the Nazi Era"
With currently almost 60 million people, there haven’t been more
refugees worldwide since World War II. Back then as well as today, people
were forced to leave their native countries for different reasons: War,
political, ethnic, or religious persecution, hunger and distress have
turned countless humans into expellees and refugees. International politics
failed back then as well as today: At the Évian Conference of 1938,
most of the participating countries refused to increase the immigration
quota for people persecuted by the Nazis. Currently, politicians are convening
on local, national, and EU levels in order to resolve on “upper
limits” for refugees and asylum seekers and measures for “protecting”
the EU external borders.
The symposium “Escape Yesterday and Today” is going to approach
the subject from many different angles and deal with different both historical
and up-to-date aspects of escape and expulsion.
Gabriele Anderl "At Closed gates – The Meaning of Escape Aid
from the 1930ies to Today"
Victoria Kumar "Austrian Jews Looking for Possibilities to Escape
the National Socialists"
Petra Gerschner / Michael Backmund "From the Fall of the Berlin Wall
to Building Walls – 1989 to 2016: a Picture-text Collage about Resistance,
the Coordinates of Fights against War, Globalised Capitalism and Racist
4:15 - 4:30 pm:
Robert Reithofer "Perspectives on a Refugee Policy Respecting Human
Rights – Attempt of a Transnational Approach"
Ronald Frühwirth "Chaos and Calculus — A View on Austrian
Nicola Baloch "Delivering Humanity to Refugees. Humanitarian Aid
Convoys to the Hotspots of the
”Balkan Route“ – Report and Exchange."
Can Gülcü "Summer of 2015 – Stories of Political
Anti-racism, Self-organisation, Activism, Direct Action"
Christoph Reinprecht "The Absence of the Present. On the Tracks of
Musical accompaniment by Hans Breuer:
"Our Songs Are Our Weapons. Always Fleeing, but Never without Hope
(a Story about Escape in Song Documents)"
Followed by a get-together at the ISOP plauderBar.
The lectures will be primarily held in German.
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