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Migration and Identity in Western Europe: Then and Now

April 1, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

*NEW DATE: This program, originally scheduled for February 4, has been moved to April 1.

A Dialogues Seminar

Heated debates about immigration, naturalization, and national identity abound in politics, but these debates are not confined to North America, nor are they new. This dialogues seminar will explore what citizenship meant in early modern Britain and compare the period’s legal and philosophical notions of national identity with contemporary concepts. We’ll then trace the evolution of immigration in Western Europe from the 20th-century boom years to the more recent era of refugees and asylum seekers.


The Right to Leave: Migration Before the Age of Nationalism

Stephanie DeGooyer, Assistant Professor and Frank Borden and Barbara Lasater Hanes Fellow in English and Comparative Literature

European Migrants and the Rise of Populism

Niklaus Steiner, Professor of the Practice in Political Science

Citizenship, Identity, and the Meaning of Community

A panel discussion with our speakers


9:00 am-12:30 pm, Saturday, April 1. The tuition is $65 to attend in person or $50 for virtual viewing.  A meal will not be offered with this seminar.

UNC Students can attend for free, but pre-registration is required. Discounts are available for UNC faculty, & staff. To register as a UNC Student, Staff, or Faculty, see our Registration Policy here.

Co-Sponsored by the General Alumni Association.  For information about GAA discounts and other scholarships available to Humanities Program participants, click here.

In-person tuition for teachers is $32.50. Current K-12 teachers interested in receiving a complimentary virtual viewing registration for this seminar can apply here.

*Registration for this event closes on March 31 at 3pm*

Register online or call us at 919.962.1544. 

Participants will receive an email with venue information and background information about 1 week before the program.

**Please note that due to UNC regulations, masks are recommended, but not required for all in-person events regardless of vaccination status. In-person and hybrid events may switch to virtual-only based upon recommendations from local, state, and national public health officials. If an in-person or hybrid event is designated “virtual-only,” the CPH staff will contact registrants and provide them with information on how to attend virtually or with options for receiving credits or refunds. If you have any questions, please email or call 919.962.1544. We appreciate your flexibility during these trying times.**



April 1, 2023
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
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