The Invention of the Refugee

What is a refugee and when, why and how do societies create them? This project seeks to answer these questions by focusing on the agency of displaced minorities in early modern Europe (16th-18th centuries).

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Recent Posts

Life after the Pilot-study: A first Chapter and Teaching Responsibilities

Time flies when you’re having fun… or when you’re pursuing a PhD. Because – wow… Read More

David de Boer successfully defended his PhD Thesis at Leiden University and University of Konstanz

Last Wednesday, on November 27th, our postdoc David finally became a real “post-doc” by obtaining… Read More

Eight months in the life of the PhD-candidates of ‘The Invention of the Refugee’-project

Ajax triumphed against Real Madrid (okay, this was in March), Theresa May was still trying… Read More


The Team

We are an international team of researchers based at the University of Amsterdam.

The Project

Our project focuses on the agency of displaced minorities in early modern Europe.

The Development

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