In the last three decades historians of migration have increasingly criticised the idea of a ‘mobility transition’, which assumed that pre-modern societies were geographically fairly immobile, and that people only started to move in unprecedented ways from the nineteenth century onwards. Instead, cross-community migration has been a major engine of social, economic and cultural change throughout the history of mankind.
This conference takes this new perspective as a point of departure and invites scholars who look at various forms of migration in the last 500 years, preferably (but not exclusively) from a perspective of longue durée. We are especially interested in quantitative reconstructions of population flows in and on Asia and other continents outside the comparatively well-studied North and South Atlantic regions.
The conference takes place in Taiwan on 26-28 August 2010. Deadline for submission: 15 November 2009
For a detailed Call for Papers cf. http://www.iisg.nl/research/cfp-taiwan2010.pdf
This conference is the third in a series of three. Previous conferences took place in the Netherlands (Netherlands Institute of Advanced Studies, NIAS, 2005) and in Minneapolis in 2007 (Immigration History research Center). Proceedings will appear in a new subseries on Global Migration History by Brill Publishers (Leiden and Boston). The first interdisciplinary conference brought together mainstream migration historians and scholars from the fields of historical linguistics, population genetics, paleoarcheology and anthropology, whose methods allow them to make reconstructions of migrations as far back as 80,000 years (Jan Lucassen, Leo Lucassen & Patrick Manning (eds.), Migration History: Multi disci plinary Approaches. Leiden and Boston: Brill Publishers, January 2010). The second conference focused on settlement and membership regimes and concentrated on the period 3000 BC-1800 AD. It brought together scholars with expertise on the way societies deal with newcomers, and vice versa. Drawing on the insights obtained from the three conferences, it is the intention of the organising committee to launch a package of initiatives to promote future development of the field of global migration history. This will include a website, a fund for organising follow-up conferences, a book series on Global Migration History, and a global PhD training programme. This part of our endeavor will be presented at the third day of the Taiwan conference.
The conference, which will take place in Taiwan, aims to be a high quality and intensive encounter. The number of participants is therefore restricted. For those who will be selected to attend the conference costs for traveling and accommodation will be covered. Applicants should send detailed abstracts as well as a CV with previous publications and activities pertaining to the theme of the conference to Jan Lucassen (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org), Leo Lucassen (email@example.com) and Yenfen Tseng firstname.lastname@example.org (National Taiwan University) before 15 November 2009.
Sponsors: International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) at Leiden and the Taiwan National Science Council (NSC) in Taipei.
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