Sebastian Musch

Dr. Sebastian Musch is a historian at the Department of History and the Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (IMIS) at Osnabrück University. His research focuses on German-Jewish history in a transnational perspective, Jewish migration and Jewish-Buddhist Studies.

He studied Jewish Studies and Philosophy at the Center for Jewish Studies in Heidelberg, the University of Heidelberg and the Università degli Studi di Milano (M.A. in 2012). In 2018 he earned his PhD at the Center for Jewish Studies in Heidelberg.

His first book was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2019 under the title "Jewish Encounters with Buddhism in German Culture – Between Moses and Buddha, 1890-1940.“

He has held visiting positions or research fellowships at the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Haifa, Dartmouth College, Uva Wellassa University (Sri Lanka), University of Southampton and University of Oxford.

Project description

The Holocaust Migration Regime: From Past to Present

The regime for regulating flight and mobility during the Holocaust has a long legacy in the 20th and 21st Century. This project asks how the global migration in the aftermath of the Second World War, during the Cold War and against the backdrop of the European border regime since the 1990s was influenced by institutions, concepts, and actors that originated in response to the Holocaust. Which genealogical continuities and disruptions can we identify? Which traces of the Holocaust Migration Regime can we find in attempts to govern flight and mobility from the Second World War until today? What is the connection between the history of migration and Holocaust Studies?

Next to these core questions, the project shines light on aspects as the Bermuda Conference on Refugees in 1943, the question of Holocaust remembrance in a migration society, and the production of knowledge about migration.

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Strengthen democracy

Protect minorities

Combat antisemitism

Depolarize debates

Confront the past

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