2022 Forum

Histories of Migration: Transatlantic and Global Perspectives

Conveners

Frithjof Benjamin Schenk (University of Basel)
Sören Urbansky (GHI Washington | Pacific Office Berkeley)

The Bucerius Young Scholars Forum, funded by the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius, is an annual program designed to bring together a transatlantic group of ten scholars based in Germany, Europe, North America, and beyond to explore new research in the history of migration.

While historical scholarship has often focused on examples of “immigration” and “emigration,” internal migration (both voluntary and forced) has been shaping the political, social, and cultural history of nation-states and empires since pre-modern times. We define internal migrations as movements of people that do not involve crossing external political borders. Although it has been challenging to track migration within independent political entities, movements of people toward urban centers, from city to countryside, or processes of internal colonization and mass deportation have left deep traces in the history of many states and societies. As a focus for addressing this broad thematic field, we propose the interrelationship between the history of internal migration and the history of knowledge.

The category of knowledge plays an eminently important role in internal migration processes. We can, for example, ask about the information needs of modern state authorities who want to monitor and control complex social processes within their own borders. In addition, the topic offers great potential about the science of migration and colonization that emerged in the 19th century. Finally, knowledge about possible migration destinations and the prospect of starting a new life upon arrival is also of central importance for migrants themselves. Migrants often turn into migration experts: They produce, contest, and deploy political, cultural, legal, or economic knowledge about their everyday lives. How was knowledge generated, categorized, and communicated in each case? We want to discuss these questions with a view to different historical case studies.

Schedule

Sunday, October 9, 2022

All day

Arrival & Hotel Check in

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5:30 – 7 p.m.

Happy Hour – Meet & Greet

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Monday, October 10, 2022
welcome

9:30 – 10:15 a.m.

Welcome & Introductions

Panel 1

10:15 – 11:45 a.m.

Panel 1

Chair:
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Break

11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Lunch

Panel 2

1 – 2:30 p.m.

Panel 2

Chair:
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Break

1 – 1:30 p.m.

Coffee Break

Panel 3

1:30 – 4 p.m.

Panel 3

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Break

4 – 6 p.m.

6 p.m.

Dinner

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Tuesday October 11, 2022
Panel 4

9 – 10:30 a.m.

Panel 4

Chair:
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Break

10:30 – 10:45 p.m.

Coffee Break

Panel 5

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Panel 5

Chair:
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Break

12:15. – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch

Panel 6

1:30 – 3 p.m.

Panel 6

Chair:
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Break

3 – 3:15 p.m.

Coffee Break

conclusion

3:15 – 4 p.m.

Concluding Round

Wednesday, October 12, 2022
FieldTrip

8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Visit Angel Island Immigration Station

8 a.m.: Meet in the hotel lobby & pick up lunch
8:09 a.m.: BART to Embarcadero Station
9:20 a.m.: Ferry to Angel Island
11 a.m.: Tour of the Immigration Station
12:30 p.m.: Picnic lunch
2:45 p.m.: Ferry to San Francico
3:48 p.m.: BART to Downtown Berkeley Station
4:10 p.m.: Arrive in Berkeley

Lecture & Reception

5:30 – 7 p.m.

Bucerius Lecture

Shalini Randeria (President and Rector of Central European University, Vienna)

7 – 9 p.m.

Reception

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