Johnson-Reed 100 Years Later

“Johnson-Reed 100 Years Later”: Critical Reflections on the Global Legacy of US Immigration Quotas, 1924-2024

August 22-23, 2024, University of Debrecen, Hungary


All times are in CEST (GMT+2). Venues to be added.

22 August, Thursday

  • 11.00-11.30 Opening ceremony
  • 11.30-13.00 Panel 1
    • Echoes of Escape: Navigating Policy and Perception in the Cold War Migration of Hungarian Refugees

      • Zsolt Máté (University of Pécs, Hungary), “The Comparability of the Canadian and United States of America’s 1956 Hungarian Refugee Reception”
      • Judit Antónia Farkas (VERITAS Research Institute for History and Historical Archives, Hungary), “The Unwanted Eastern-European Refugees in Ronald Searle’s and Kaye Webb’s Illustrated Report (1959–1960)”
      • Tamás Scheibner (Institute of History, HUN-REN Research Center for the Humanities, Hungary), “The Influence of U.S. Philanthropic Foundations on Immigration Policy: A Case Study of the 1956-57 Hungarian Refugee Reception”
  • 13.00-14.00 Lunch break
  • 14.00-15.00 Plenary 1
    • Anna A. Mazurkiewicz (University of Gdansk, Poland), “Nation of Immigrants: Deconstructing the Axiom”
  • 15.00-15.15 Coffee break
  • 15.15-16.45 Parallel panels 2 and 3
    • Panel 2

      • Ernesto Dominguez Lopez (University of Havana, Cuba), “The Cuban Ethnic Enclave: The Cross-Border Interplay between Foreign Policy, Immigration Policy and Domestic Politics” (online)
      • Lukas Perutka (Palacký University Olomouc, Czechia), “Going Around: Alternative Routes of the Czechoslovak Migration to the US after the First World War”
      • David C. Atkinson (Purdue University, US), “The State Department and the Quota Acts, 1921-1924” (online)
    • Panel 3
    • Péter Csatár and Attila Cserép (University of Debrecen), “Comparison of American and European Metaphors of Immigrants”
    • Emese Ivan and Adrian M. Pandev Esq. (St John's University, US), “Immigration, Culture, and Well-being: The Role and Place of Sport and Physical Activity”
    • Zoltan Peterecz (Eszterházy Károly Catholic University, Hungary), “The Impact of the Johnson-Reed Act on the Work of American Ministers in Hungary in the Interwar Years”
  • 16.45-17.00 Coffee break
  • 17.00-18.00 Plenary 2
    • Ashley Johnson Bavery (Eastern Michigan University, US), “Unauthorized European Migration to the United States After 1924”
  • 18.00-20.00 Fulbright reception and book presentations

23 August, Friday

  • 8.30- 10.00 Panel 4

    • Máté Gergely Balogh (University of Debrecen), “The ‘Silent Majority’ and the Ethnics: Involvement of Eastern European-Americans in Richard Nixon’s Campaign”
    • Izabella Kimak (Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Poland), “Polish Immigration to the US: A Literary Perspective”
    • Claudio Staiti (University of San Marino), “’The most powerful of all immigration restriction books’: Gino Speranza’s Race or Nation and His Contribution to the Johnson-Reed Act”
  • 10.00-10.15 Coffee break
  • 10.15-12.15 Panel 5 
    • Michael Kaelin (University of Wisconsin, US), “Immigrant Participation in United States: Immigration Control, 1890-1932”
    • Éva Mathey (University of Debrecen), “‘There is always room for one more’: Immigration Quotas, US Refugee Policies, and the Wagner Rogers Bill of 1939”
    • Béla Nóvé (National Széchényi Library, Hungary), “Hopes and Doubts of Opening Up New Research Possibilities: A Recently Completed Overall Survey of Hungarian Emigrant Historical Resources at the Holdings of the National Széchényi Library”
  • 12.15-13.15 Lunch break
  • 13.15-14.15 Plenary 3
    • Mónika Szente-Varga (Ludovika University of Public Service, Hungary), “In the Wake of the Johnson-Reed Act: The Formation and Evolution of the Hungarian Community in Mexico”
  • 14.15-14.30 Coffee break
  • 14.30-15.30 Roundtable discussion on the role and significance of emigration museums
    • Participants: Anna Mazurkiewicz (University of Gdansk, Poland), Bram Beelaert (Red Star Line Museum, Belgium), Martin Javor (University of Prešov and Kasigarda, Museum of Emigration from Slovakia to North America, Slovakia), Béla Nóvé (National Széchényi Library, Hungary)
  • 15.30-15.45 Coffee break
  • 15.45-17.15 Parallel panels 6 and 7
    • Panel 6

      • Danielle Battisti (University of Nebraska, US), “Privileges of Illegality: Unauthorized Italian Immigrants to the United States and Adjustment of Status in the 20th Century” (online)
      • Suzanne M. Sinke (Florida State University, US), “Making Dependency Policy: The Elevation of Family-Dependent Categories under Johnson-Reed” (online)
      • David Hazemali (University of Maribor, Slovenia) and Matjaž Klemenčič (Institute for Ethnic Studies, Slovenia), “Migration Flow from Yugoslavia to the U.S. under the Johnson-Reed Act of 1924: A Historical and Sociocultural Analysis”
    • Panel 7
      • Dalia González Delgado (University of Havana, Cuba), “From the Johnson-Reed Act to Trumpism: Historical Analysis of US Immigration Policy” (online)
      • Ana Maria Valido Alou (University of Havana, Cuba), “US Immigration Policy Towards Cuba: Historic Trend and Impact” (online)
      • Katalin Jancsó (University of Szeged, Hungary), “Immigrants Welcomed with Open Arms or Undesirable Aliens: Anti-immigrant Attitudes in Latin America at the Time of the Johnson-Reed Act”
  • 17.15-17.30 Coffee break

  • 17.30-19.00 Parallel panels 8-9

    • Panel 8 

      • Teodora Domotor (Karoli Gaspar University, Hungary), “A Distorted American Dream and the Consequential Expatriation of American Authors” (online)
      • Tibor Glant (University of Debrecen), “Government Propaganda In Interwar Hungarian Male Juvenile Travel Writing”
      • Panteleimon Tsiokos (University of Western Ontario, Canada, “Literary Reflections on the US Immigration Quotas’ Impact: The case of Mass Human Rights Violations against Japanese Americans” (online)
    • Panel 9
      • Bram Beelaert (Red Star Line Museum, Belgium), “Stranded in Antwerp: Repercussions of the US Immigration Quota in Antwerp as a Port of Departure”
      • Helga Lenart-Cheng (St. Mary’s College of California, US), “Transnational Paradigms in Oral History Collections of US Immigrant and Ethnic Archives” (online)
      • Anne Dropick (Yale University, US), “The Effect of Immigration Law on the Crafting of the Refugee Oral History Project” (online)
  • 19.00 Closing, evening program

24 August, Saturday

Optional conference trip to Kasigarda, Slovakia (Museum of Emigration from Slovakia to North America) and the Tokaj Wine Region (Hungary)

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