LBI EHP coordinating researcher: Christiane Hintermann (Vienna)
Migration and memory has been established as a research field at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for European History and Public Spheres in 2006, since 2007 the research is conducted together with colleagues from the University of Malmö. Starting point of the common research is the empirial fact most European societies today are pluralistic, heterogeneous immigration societies. Populations differ not only in terms of ethnic and cultural background, religious affiliation or country of origin but also in terms of their individual and family biographies and their transmitted historical and political experiences. Despite all the past and present migration processes and the emerging multiethnic and multicultural societies, Europe’s self image is still very much centred on national paradigms and narratives. Not to be an immigration country is for instance still a prevailing political leitmotif in Austria.