The Philadelphia Warburg Chapter and the German American Chamber of Commerce, Philadelphia, will host a discussion and luncheon with Prof. Dr. Birgit Glorius, Associate Professor for Human Geography of East Central Europe at Chemnitz University of Technology.
Prof. Dr. Birgit Glorius works as associate professor for Human Geography of East Central Europe at Chemnitz University of Technology. She was trained in Geography, Geology and Political Sciences at the universities of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Würzburg and the University of Texas at Austin. She earned a diploma in Human Geography from the University of Würzburg and a doctoral degree from the University of Halle-Wittenberg. Her research interests and majority of publications are in the fields of international migration, demographic change and geographies of education; most of her research is carried out in Eastern Germany, Poland, Bulgaria and the Western Balkans. Recent research projects include refugee reception in Europe, concentrating on questions of local governance and local reception cultures; effects of the European financial and economic crisis on migratory processes from southern European countries; and return migration of Bulgarian graduates from studies abroad and mechanisms of knowledge transfer. Birgit is frequently asked to give expertise to federal and non-governmental institutions and receives invitations for academic keynotes on issues related to migration, integration and social cohesion in Europe.
Abstract: Mobility and migration to and within Europe represent the core of Prof. Glorius’ scholarly work, and she will present an insight into this topic, starting from post WWII migration and mobility processes to recent refugee inflows, followed by the discussion of related questions such as dealing with diversity, nation building and identity, security issues, European solidarity tackling those challenges, and further development perspectives.