Historical Social Research

Klaus J. Bade: Historische Migrationsforschung. Eine autobiografische Perspektive

HSR Supplement 30 (2018) - Klaus J. Bade: Historische Migrationsforschung. Eine autobiografische Perspektive

Klaus J. Bade is a pioneer of modern historical migration research, which has developed in Germany since the 1970s. As a researcher, publicist, research organizer, and practitioner of Applied Migration Research, he has made a decisive contribution to the conceptual design, consolidation, and promotion of this new field of research: As a researcher, he has published many monographs, anthologies, and studies that have attracted national and international attention. As a research organizer, he has established structures that are of utmost importance for intensifying interdisciplinary orientation and cooperation. As a publicist, he has ensured that the results of historical migration research were reported in the media, thereby contributing to the discipline’s current significance. As a practitioner of applied migration research, he has been involved in many ways:
At the beginning there was a 'double dialogue', on the one hand between interdisciplinary cooperation experts from science and on the other hand between them and experts from a wide variety of practice areas, including – according to Bade – migration and integration policy. Bade responded to what he saw as the 'defensive denial of knowledge' of politics towards migration and integration as central areas of social policy with his concept of 'critical policy guidance' via the media. Most recently, Bade has been particularly committed to refugees, asylum, and the rescue of refugees on their way to Europe. The success of Klaus J. Bade's work is based not only on the intensity of his research and his journalistic and practical commitment, but also on his performance of results: scientifically founded, but also in philanthropic prose.
In the first part of this HSR Supplement, Bade looks back on his path to migration research from an autobiographical perspective and explicates central elements of his concept of 'social-historical migration research'. The second part of the volume offers a selection of his contributions to Historical Migration Research. They consider conceptual and methodological questions, offer cross-era perspectives, and discuss recent and current questions of migration, refugee situations, and integration.

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Interview with Klaus J. Bade (in German) (4.00 MB)