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Wolf Schäfer

This contribution revisits the dictum "history is the teacher of life" (historia magistra vitae) and shows that modern knowledge-societies are beginning to use their growing information about natural and human history to address present-day problems. Starting with Leopold von Ranke's refusal to investigate history for the benefit of learning from it, the essay cites two contemporary attempts at extracting useful knowledge from history: "real-world experiments" and "natural experiments." Wolfgang Krohn developed the former with collaborators in Bielefeld and Jared Diamond features the latter.

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Stephanie A. Limoncelli

the part of the organisations. 8 The dual structure of the course could be used to set up a kind of natural experiment that some instructors may wish to use to assess which method worked best for students. This was not possible in my courses due to

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Refugia Roundtable

Imagining Refugia: Thinking Outside the Current Refugee Regime

Nicholas Van Hear, Veronique Barbelet, Christina Bennett, and Helma Lutz

occasionally, there are significant initiatives led by progressive governments of nation-states. A case in point is Ecuador’s experiment with visa-free entry in 2008. Some migration researchers have called the period in 2008 in Ecuador “a natural experiment” in