04.04.2019

Ideas of Migration

"MIGRATION AS AN ARTEFACT OF SCHOLARLY THOUGHT"

funded by the Austrian Academy of Sciences' Innovation Fund "Research, Science and Society"

Migration and its consequences belong to the most relevant societal challenges that present-day politicians, NGOs and social scientists have to face. But reflecting on migration is not the prerogative of modernity: If we assume that man, as homo migrans, has always migrated, we can be assured that man has also always reflected upon his mobile existence. Assessing the ideas, views and judgements on migration, and on human mobility in general, that were formulated by scholars between antiquity and the eighteenth century, the project team bridges the fields of historical migration studies and intellectual history.