We are shocked by the current humanitarian crisis in Europe, by the plight of refugees from war and persecution at the borders and shorelines of the EU. Simultaneously we are upset by the harsh and antagonistic attitudes by some of our fellow citizens and elected leaders who deny help and assistance to fellow humans in distress and life threatening danger.
At this crucial moment, we want as historians to highlight the importance of the knowledge that migrants, regardless if they have escaped persecution or war, or are just looking for a better future for themselves and their children, have brought with them to Europe in the past. How that knowledge helped building our societies and creating the current wealth we enjoy in Europe. Migration and mobility have been and is fundamental part of our society, to highlight this we are adding to this statement a continuously updated list containing examples of the knowledge transferred by immigrants to underline our point.
Although migration and migrants were beneficial to Europe in the past, we know that the potential usefulness of a person to society should not be the reason why we help fellow humans. We must help people in need because they need help. It was that simple in the past, and so it is today.
The 20th century taught us to accept and embrace our diversities. In this very moment we Europeans must stand for our values.
- Jan Kunnas, Post-Doc, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment, Stockholm, Sweden.
- Viktor Pál, PhD, WU Wien, Austria
- Aristotle Tympas, Associate Professor of History of Technology in Modernity, University of Athens, Greece.
- Daniele Valisena, Graduate Student, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Environmental Humanities Laboratory, Sweden.
- Dick van Lente, Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands
- Petri Juuti, Docent, Head of Publications, University of Tampere Library, Finland.
- Eunice L. Blavascunas Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Environmental Studies Whitman College, Walla Walla Washington, USA
- Ulrike Plath, Professor for Baltic German History and Culture, Tallinn University, Estonia.
- Stathis Arapostathis, Assistant Professor of History of Science and Technology, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Athens, Greece.
- David Nilsson, PhD, Researcher, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment, Sweden.
- Pablo Corral, Lecturer Université Savoie Mont Blanc (ATER), France.
- Vítězslav Sommer, Ph.D., Institute for Contemporary History, Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic.
- Sabine Höhler, Associate Professor of Science and Technology Studies, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment, Stockholm, Sweden.
- Andrea Filippo Saba, Professor , Istituto nazionale per la storia del movimento di liberazione in Italia, Italy.
- Ota Konrád, doc., Ph.D, Head of the Department of German and Austrian Studies Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University Prague, Czech Republic.
- Vít Strobach, Ph.D., National Technical Museum, Prague, Czech Republic.
- Matěj Spurný, PhD., Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic.
- Michal Kopeček, Ph.D., Head of the Late- and Post-Socialism Dept, Institute for Contemporary History, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic.
- Adam Netzén, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment, Stockholm, Sweden.
- Jan Mervart, Institute of Philosophy, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic.
- James Williams, Ph.D., Visiting Research Professor, Stetson University, USA.
- Arne Kaijser, Professor, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment, Stockholm, Sweden.
- Rudolf Kučera, PhD., Deputy Director for Research Masaryk Institute and Archives of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic.
- Christine Rosenørn, Ph.D., Fiskeri- og Søfartsmuseet Saltvandsakvariet Esbjerg, Danmark
- Iakovos Michailidis, Associate Professor in Modern and Contemporary History, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.
- Petter Wulff, tech. lic., KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment, Stockholm, Sweden.
- Leticia Galluzzi Bizzo, Prof. Dr., The Graduate Program on the History of Sciences and Techniques, and Epistemology (HCTE), Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
- Colin Chapell, Ph.D., Instructor History Department University of Memphis, USA.
- Mattie Fitch, Adjunct Instructor, University of Dayton and Wright State University, USA.
- Piero S. Graglia Associate professor of history of international relations, university of Milan, Italy.
- Lissa L. Roberts, Professor of Long-term Development of Science and Technology, University of Twente, the Netherlands.
- Marieke Hendriksen PhD, researcher, Early Modern History department, University of Groningen, the Netherlands.
- Kimi Kärki, PhD, International Institute for Popular Culture (IIPC) & Cultural History, University of Turku.
- Maarit Leskelä-Kärki, PhD, Adjunct Professor, University lecturer Dept. of cultural history, University of Turku.
- Marialuisa Lucia Sergio, researcher, Italian Institute of German Studies & adjunct professor, University of Roma Tre, Department of Education Sciences, Italy.
- Stefan Poser, PhD, Helmut Schmidt University, Hamburg, Germany.
- Cristiana Fiamingo, Assistant prof. History and institutions of Africa, University of Milan “la statale”, Italy.
- Eduardo H. B. Vasconcelos, History Professor, State University of Goiás-UEG, Brazil.
- Eagle Glassheim, Associate Professor, Department of History, University of British Columbia
- Carlos Gomez Florentin, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History, Stony Brook University
- Luís Miguel Duarte, History Professor, Universidade do Porto, Portugal.
- Corinna Röver, PhD Student, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment, Stockholm, Sweden.
- Susanna Lidström, Postdoc, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment, Stockholm, Sweden.
- Dr Zoe Groves, Lecturer in African History, Cambridge University.
- Ondřej Vojtěchovský, Ph.D., Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Arts, Czech Republic.
- Jan Randák, Ph.D., Departement of Czech History, Faculty of Arts, Charles University, Prag, Czech Republic.
- Martina Winkler, Prof. Dr., Direktorin des Instituts für Geschichtswissenschaft Universität Bremen, Germany.
- Miroslav Michela, PhD. Institute of Czech History, Faculty of Arts, Charles University Prague/ Institute of History, Slovak Academy of Sciences Bratislava, Slovakia.
- Tobias Weger, PD Dr., Bundesinstitut für Kultur und Geschichte der Deutschen im östlichen Europa, Oldenburg, Germany
- Frank Henschel, Post-doc researcher at the Department of Central Eastern European History, University of Bremen, Germany.
- Veronika Čapská, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic.
- Christiane Brenner, Dr., Redakteurin der Zeitschrift “Bohemia”, Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin, Collegium Carolinum, München, Germany.
- Gábor Egry, Phd, Head of Research Department, Institute of Political History, Budapest, Hungary.
Dr Péter Apor, Research Fellow, Institute of History, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary.
Hans Henning Hahn, Professor for East European History, Carl v. Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Germany
- Anna Åberg, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment, Stockholm, Sweden.
- Peter Bugge, PhD, Associate Professor of Central European Studies, Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
- Peder Roberts, Post-Doc, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment, Stockholm, Sweden
- Patrice G. Poutrus, Dr., Institut für Zeitgeschichte, Universität Wien, Austria.
- Radka Sustrova, Masaryk Institute and Archives of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic.
- Milan Sismis, Secretary of the Slovak Genealogical-Heraldic Society, Historian from the National Biographic Institute of the Slovak National Library, Martin, Slovakia.
- Jaroslav Strnad, Ph.D., Department of South Asia, Oriental Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic.
- Răzvan Pârâianu, PhD, CEU-Budapest, University Lecturer at Petru Maior University – Tîrgu Mureș, Romania.
- Rastislav Kožiak, PhD., Head of Department of History, Faculty of Arts, Matej Bel University, Banská Bystrica, Slovakia.
- Susunaga Weeraperuma, DLitt (Doctor of Letters), Historian, philosopher, novelist biographer and essayist, France.
- Péter Szabó, PhD, Institute of Botany of the Czech Academy of Scienes, Vice-President of the European Society for Environmental History, Czech Republic.
- Birgit Tremml-Werner, Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, The University of Tokyo, Japan.
Dr. Holger Weiss, Professor of general history, Åbo Akademi
- Aline Munkewitz, Ph.D. student, University of Rostock, Germany.
- Tirza Meyer, Ph.D student, Department for Historical Studies Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway.
- Andreas Zangger, Dr., Historian, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
- Kathleen Zeidler, MA, Research fellow at the Centre for the History and
Culture of East Central Europe (Geisteswissenschaftliches Zentrum
Geschichte und Kultur Ostmitteleuropas – GWZO), University of
- Jérôme Segal, Dr., Assistant Professor, Paris-Sorbonne University, France/Historian, film director and journalist in Vienna, Austria.
- Melanie Dejnega, Doctoral Researcher, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for
Historical Social Science, Vienna, Austria.
- Rüdiger Haude, Dr., Priv.-Doz, Lehrstuhl Neuere und Neueste Geschichte
Historisches Institut, RWTH Aachen, Germany.
- Jochen Krüger, Ph.D student, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Lehrstuhl für Geschichte Osteuropas, Berlin, Germany.
- Christine Schoenmakers, PhD, Research Fellow, Department for History, Leibniz University Hanover, Germany.
- Felicia Gottmann, Leverhulme ECR Fellow, The Scottish Centre for Global History, School of Humanities, University of Dundee, UK.
- Robin Reschke, M.A., Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft am Hannah-Arendt-Institut für Totalitarismusforschung e. V. an der TU Dresden, Germany.
Philipp Aumann, Dr. phil., Head of collections, exhibitions, and research, Peenemünde Historical Technical Museum, Germany.
Gerhard Milchram, curator for temporary history at the Wien Museum, Vienna, Austria.
Judith Szapor, Assistant Professor, Department of History and Classical Studies, McGill University, Montréal, Canada.
Fruzsina Müller, M.A., PhD Student, Cultural History, Leipzig University, Germany.
Thomas Kirchner, Dr., LfG Geschichte der Frühen Neuzeit, Aachen, Germany.
Wilko (Graf von) Hardenberg, Dr., Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Dep III Artefacts, Action and Knowledge, Germany.
Geoff Eley, Karl Pohrt Distinguished University Professor of Contemporary History, Professor of History and German Studies, Department of History University of Michigan, USA.
Yves Müller, M.A., Historisches Seminar, Arbeitsbereich Deutsche Geschichte, Universität Hamburg, Germany.
Dear historians, if you want to add your name to the list send an email to jan.kunnas(AT)abe.kth.se