Global mobility is a defining issue for the 21st century. Our project integrates the expertise of five faculty members - Vera Brunner-Sung, Jeffrey Cohen, Theodora Dragostinova, Yana Hashamova, and Robin Judd - working on global mobility from the perspectives of anthropology, history, literature, film/media studies, and filmmaking. In this episode, Dr. Theodora Dragostinova interviews Dr. Ulf Brunnbauer, Professor of History of Southeast and Eastern Europe at the University of Regensburg, about the Other Side of the Migration Debate, emigration and immigration in Europe. To engage this topic, our three key questions are:

1. What is the role of the humanities and arts in addressing this global challenge?", "There are complex reasons why people are on the move – from war and violence to economic insecurity to environmental change.

2. Based on your research, why do people leave home and what does it mean to leave home?

3. The influx of refugees and immigrants in Europe and the USA has caused much debate in recent year, even though the largest number of newcomers worldwide is not in the West. Based on your work on the social history of the Balkans in the 19th and 20th centuries with a special emphasis in the historical genealogy and migration history, how do communities accept newcomers? What are some of the requirements for a successful integration of the newcomers in the host society?

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