About the participants:
Volker M. Heins is Permanent Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) in Essen, Germany, and a member of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Duisburg-Essen. He is also a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Global Cooperation Research, University of Duisburg-Essen. His book Offene Grenzen für alle: Eine notwendige Utopie appeared in 2021 with Hoffman & Campe.
Nandita Sharma is an activist scholar whose research is shaped by the social movements she is active in, including No Borders movements and those struggling for the planetary commons. She is the author of Home Economics: Nationalism and the Making of ‘Migrant Workers’ in Canada (University of Toronto Press, 2006) and Home Rule: National Sovereignty and the Separation of Natives and Migrants (Duke University Press, 2020). Sharma is Professor of the Sociology Department at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa.
Gabriella Etmektsoglou (moderator) has been the Director of NYU Berlin since 2010. She holds a PhD in European history from Emory University. The principal concerns of her research and writing are the Holocaust in Greece, narratives of self-victimization in present-day Germany, and questions of reparations and transitional justice in the context of postwar Europe. Etmektsoglou is the author of Axis Exploitation of Wartime Greece, 1941–1943. She has recently co-edited the memoirs of a Holocaust Survivor, Lisa Pinhas, that appeared in three languages. Before joining NYU, she taught subjects in Modern European History, Balkan History, and Civil Wars in universities in the U.S., Europe, and Australia. She is a founding member of the US National Peace Academy and committed to reshaping higher education, especially global education, so that it becomes a central driver in creating a more humane and sustainable world. She co-teaches a course on German History at NYU Berlin and continues to participate in conflict resolution projects in Greece and Cyprus.
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“A Necessary Utopia: Rethinking Borders" is funded by the DAAD from funds of the German Federal Foreign Office (AA).