08/04/2016: Public lecture “Not the Exception, but the Rule: Migration in Human History” by Leo Lucassen
Not the Exception, but the Rule: Migration in Human History
by Leo Lucassen
Messages about mass migration to Europe appear in the news media every day. Is what is happening now in Europe so unique? If we want to understand the long-term development of social and cultural change, migration is the key. In contrast to what many people assume, humans have always been highly mobile and the ensuing cross-cultural contacts were crucial for forging change. Although the consequences could be horrific (mass killings), in most cases they were relatively peaceful and produced an endless stream of technical, cultural and social innovations.