Announcing a new web-journal and resource bank at:
http://barthes.ens.fr/clio/actes.html, created by the Groupe de recherches Socio-historiques (Research Group on Socio-history) at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris. The journal is entitled "Actes de l'histoire de l'immigration" (Proceedings on the History of Immigration).
"Actes" is unique because in addition to housing traditional articles on the history of immigration (focusing primarily on France but with articles on other countries as well), the journal also makes use of the unique capabilities of the web to provide resources not available elsewhere.
For example, the journal houses an interactive "atlas on immigration" (direct link at: http://barthes.ens.fr/atlasclio.html). This interactive atlas allows visitors to choose immigrants by nationality, gender, etc. and to see their representation in the French population displayed graphically within seconds. Another invaluable feature of the journal is the copies of primary documents pertaining to immigration that it includes. Visitors can thus read, for example, what labor unions in France were saying about immigration at the turn of the 20th century, in the 1920s and 1930s, and so forth.
The journal provides the latest reports on on-going research in this field and announcements on upcoming events (primarily in France) on the subject.
In short, it is a precious tool for primary and secondary research on immigration; it also provides a forum for exchange of information and ideas about immigration history.
Its long-term goal is to serve as a laboratory exploiting the capabilities of the web - by using sound archives, color photos, perhaps even video - to shed new light on the history of immigration generally, and in France specifically.
The editors of the site are hoping to link it to other related sites. Please let me know if you might be willing to host a link to this terrific resource.
Mary D. Lewis
Woodrow Wilson Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Humanities
Kahn Liberal Arts Institute
Neilson Library 3/52
Northampton, MA 01063
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