The migration of people has taken on greater and greater significance in our age of globalization. Migration creates new economic and political opportunities, new types of exploitation and inequality, new forms of knowledge, new ethical dilemmas and new political pressures. The Zolberg Center on Global Migration builds on the intellectual tradition of migration studies at The New School and provides a space for research and scholarship, policy debate, and discussion with activists and artists around issues of global migration and mobility, their economic impact, political consequences and their meaning for issues of citizenship and identity.
Named for the late Ary Zolberg, Professor of Politics at the New School for Social Research and pioneer in the fields of immigration politics, studies of ethnicity, and practices of integration, the center constitutes a reinvigoration of the International Center for Migration, Ethnicity and Citizenship founded by Ary in the 1990s.
The Zolberg Center aims to produce high-quality research, bring together scholars from many disciplines, engage with contentious political and cultural questions of mobility and immobility, justice and inequality, belonging and exclusion, and open a space for scholarly, activist and artistic voices on the issue of the political, economic, and cultural consequences of migration. Most importantly, the Center provides a space to think about how migrants and migration are changing the political landscape – how they open up new political possibilities, wittingly or unwittingly. Using migration as a lens the Center studies various types of transformation, shifting from a focus on nation-states and their borders to new forms of global knowledge and action, activated by and for migrants.