Austria and Migration: The Current Refugee Crisis in Historical Perspective
Lecture | April 5 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall
Dirk Rupnow, Dirk Rupnow, Head of the Institute for Contemporary History, University of Innsbruck & Distinguished Visiting Austrian Chair Professor at Stanford University
Migration is the single biggest challenge for European countries and the European Union today. It is closely linked to questions of (national) identity, social pluralism, and diversity. The talk focuses on Austria as an example and puts the current so-called refugee crisis in the context of the broader history of the postwar Austrian Republic. It discusses the status of migration in the hegemonic collective memory and the challenges it poses for historiography.