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Trafficking, Smuggling, and Illicit Migration in Historical Perspective

Starts Jun 18, 2015 01:00 PM
Finishes Jun 20, 2015 08:00 PM
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Trafficking, Smuggling, and Illicit Migration in Historical Perspective, Birkbeck, University of London, 18-20 June, 2015

Human trafficking, human smuggling, and illicit migration are some of the most politically volatile and pressing issues in the present day. They are also the subject of a growing amount of sociological,criminological, and historical research. This combined conference and workshop aims to bringtogether the growing number of scholars who are currently working on the histories of trafficking,smuggling, and illicit and sexual migration from all regions in the modern period. In particular, it aims tocritically engage with the concept of sexual trafficking in the past by exploring the way in which it wasentangled with labour and with migration more broadly. Papers need not be limited, therefore, to thesubject of trafficking: we encourage submissions from those working on smuggling and illicit migrationas well, though we are especially interested in work from a gendered perspective.

Recognizing that this history is not only a long one with specific local contexts, but also a transnational,international, multinational, and multilayered one, the conference is conceived of as a starting point for forming an international network of scholars who are working toward writing what must be, on some level, a collaborative project. With this in mind, part of the conference will take the form of a workshop,where delegates are given the space in which to discuss common themes and problems in their work,and potential formal collaboration. While the conference will be primarily be for historians, it also aimsto provide a forum in which historians can engage interdisciplinary and publically: a roundtable plenary,which will be open to the public, policy makers, and organizations, will focus upon what history canadd to present day debates about sex trafficking and related migration policy.

Proposals for papers and expressions of interest in the workshop are invited from scholars at all stages of their careers. Proposals for papers of 300-500 words should be sent to traffickinghistoryconference@gmail.com by 1 October, 2014. Please indicate whether you would also be interested in participating in the workshop. If you only wish to be considered for a workshop place, please send a 150-200 word description of your research.

Please download a copy of the conference pack here.

Please download a copy of the conference programme here.

Conference Organizers: Julia Laite, Department of History, Classics and Archaeology, Birkbeck, University of LondonLaura Lammasniemi, PhD Candidate, School of Law, Birkbeck, University of LondonJessica Pliley, Department of History, Texas State UniversityPhilippa Hetherington, Postdoctoral Fellow, Laureate Research Program in International History,University of Sydney

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