Professor Geert Janssen (ASH) has been awarded a Vici grant of 1.5 million Euros by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) for the project 'The Invention of the Refugee in Early Modern Europe'.
Refugees have been common throughout history, but are for the first time described as such in the early modern period (1450-1750). This project explains why, when and how particular migrants started to call themselves ‘refugee’ and what consequences this had for the emergence of empathy, humanitarianism and states.
The Vici is one of the largest grants for individuals in the Netherlands and targets advanced researchers. The funding enables the researchers to set up their own innovative line of research and put together their own research group.
In this year's round the overall award rate was 15%; within the domain of the Social Sciences and Humanities it was 12%.