• UWA to host visiting professor for “German Art and the Refugee Crisis”

    Posted: February 28, 2017

    Author: Public Relations

    The University of West Alabama’s Office of International Programs will present “Those Who Wait: German Art and the Refugee Crisis” by Dr. Christoph Singer on Friday, March 10 at 2:30 p.m. at the Campbell House located on campus. The event is open to the public, with no cost for admission.

    The presentation is a dynamic 20-minute lecture that explores Germany’s policies and public responses on the refugee crisis that has surged since the Syrian civil war. Singer will discuss the differences between Germany’s and U.S. government policies on refugees and travel bans.

    The program will give an insider’s look at public responses, from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s “Wir schaffen das!” to outbursts of German angst perceiving the unprecedented influx of immigrants as existential threat.

    Singer will highlight contemporary German photography and video-art, including Stefanie Schulz’s “Duldung” to illustrate complicated issues and fierce debates. The visiting professor will invite audience participation and dialogue.

    Singer is an assistant professor in the Department of British Literary and Cultural Studies at Paderborn University, Germany. In 2012, he finished his dissertation on literary representations of shorelines as liminal spaces. He published anthologies on intersections of Middlebrow and Modernism and the iconography of Dante and Milton.

    In 2016, Singer co-founded the International Network for Narratives and Mental Health. He is currently working on a project on the temporalities of migration.

    For more information on the event, email Ingrid Garcia-Galinat, assistant director of international programs at UWA, or call 205-652-5509.
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