Stanford University/University of Innsbruck
Austria and Migration: The Current Refugee Crisis in Historical Perspective
When: March 7, 2017, 12:30
Where: International Center, Seminar Room 112
Migration is obviously 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 focusses 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.
Prof. Dr. Dirk Rupnow currently holds the Distinguished Visiting Austrian Chair at Stanford University. Rupnow was Project Researcher with the Historian’s Commission of the Republic of Austria in 1999/2000. He was awarded the 2009 Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History by the Wiener Library in London. Rupnow has been on faculty at the University of Innsbruck since 2009 and the Head of the Institute for Contemporary History since 2010.
He is also the founding coordinator of the Research Center Migration & Globalization at the University of Innsbruck. He is the author of Judenforschung im Dritten Reich: Wissenschaft zwischen Politik, Propaganda und Ideologie (2011), and Vernichten und Erinnern: Spuren nationalsozialistischer Gedächtnispolitik (2005), and is the co-editor of “Holocaust”-Fiktion: Kunst jenseits der Authentizität (2015), and Zeitgeschichte ausstellen in Österreich: Museen – Gedenkstätten – Ausstellungen (2011).