After successful completion of the course, you will be able to:
- identify the significance of the historiography on migration in the scientific and societal debate
- test literature for correctness, scope, consistency and originality, thereby judging the persuasiveness of historiographical texts
- indicate the positionality of the scientific judgment of yourself and others
- independently prepare and conduct a historiographical analysis
- to present results orally and in writing.
Migration has been a hot topic in society for decades. The debates on migration are characterized by diverging opinions and deep emotions. Migration is a good example of a research area in which the results of historical studies are not blindly accepted by society.|
In this course we will look at the relationship between migration research and public opinion, but also at the historiographical development on migration. Under pressure of public opinions and questions, the historiography on migration has developed rapidly over the past half century.
You will learn to interpret trends in migration research and to understand the main concepts and historical models. Moreover, you will learn to analyze and discuss recent literature on the theme of migration. You will also gain insight into how concepts and models are used and sometimes misused in the public debate.
The lectures in this course mainly provide information about historical trends in migration, the historiographical debate and about the interaction between scientific debate and society. In addition, core concepts and models from the migration research are discussed in relation to their historiographical context.
In the working groups student analyze academic literature on migration (related to the historical knowledge and the historiographical insights from the lectures), and practice the writing of a historiographical paper. Last but not least, they will investigate the role that migration plays in the current societal debate.