Lundi 14 Novembre 2016
de 09:30 à 17:30
Hungary. Syrian refugees taking the train to Germany © UNHCR/Åke Ericson
Débats Conférences

We can observe at least three ways in which history tend to "disappear" in the actual debates concerning refugees in Europe:

  1. the past is either absent because it is unknown (so it looks as if we have never dealt with refugees before...);
  2. the past is put in a “quasi-historical” perspective, reducing history to an unequivocal national tradition that would have always existed (for example “tolerance” in the Netherlands since Spinoza, or “asylum” in France since the French Revolution, etc.);
  3. migrants are urged to leave history home.

The conference will look into ways to “do justice” to history in political and scientific debates, from a cross-national comparative perspective with contributions on the situation of Britain, France, Greece, Hungary, and the Netherlands.

With Christophe Bertossi (director of the Centre for Migrations and Citizenship, IFRI) - Yannick Coeders (MSc, PhD candidate, University of Amsterdam) – Tibor Dessewffy (professor, ELTE) – Jan Willem Duyvendak (distinguished professor at the University of Amsterdam) – Michael Ignatieff (president of the Central European University) – Éva Judit Kovács (professor, Centre for Social Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences) – Maria Kovàcs (professor, Central European University) – Georgios Kritikos (associate professor, Harokopio University) – Malachi MacIntosh (Runnymede Trust) –  Zsofia Nagy (assistant lecturer, ELTE) – Andrea Petho (professor, Central European University, Budapest).

This conference is organized by the Ifri in partnership with the Central European University. It is part of the project “Memory and Migration in Europe” of the IFRI, the University of Amsterdam, the University of Warwick, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, and the French network of institutes for advanced study, with the support of the “Europe for Citizens” programme of the European Union.




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