CFP: Migration and Gender : relationships, economic resources and institutions in historical perspective (15th-20th centuries)

Izaak Van Oosten, Landscape with Travellers on a Road, 17th Century

Proposals are invited for a workshop on Migration and Gender which will take place between on the 8-9-10th November 2018 (exact dates tbc) at the University of Cambridge (UK).

Migration and mobility were common experiences among individuals of the past. If for a long while the young male has epitomised “the migrant”, since the 1980s, a new wave of studies pointed out the relevance of women. In addition, the notion of gender has called into question traditional female and male roles. Nevertheless, many key issues of the history of migration have not been considered according to a gendered perspective, and in turn, many crucial topics for gender history have been overlooked when studying migrants and mobile people.

This workshop aims to bring together researchers working on migration according to a gendered perspective and to a micro-historical perspective from the late Middle Ages to the early twenty century. Its purpose is to encourage a more incisive dialogue between migration studies and gender studies, taking into account the fact that female and male roles were, and are, the result of social, cultural and economic construction. Together with gender, proposals might consider how marital status, age and ethnicity shaped
migration and settlement patterns in specific economic, cultural and political contexts.

In this workshop, migration is not exclusively understood as a lineal process, but also as result of multiple intermediary steps. At the same time, the achievement of permanent settlement was not necessarily the (first) aim of the movement. For all these historiographical questions, a gendered approach has not yet been sufficiently developed: we invite therefore papers taking into account all kinds of mobility and migration, i.e. temporary or seasonal mobility, economic, political or religious migration, domestic/international migration and mobility between the town and its outskirts.

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Postdoctoral Fellowship: Economic development and occupational structure of the Okanagan, British Columbia, and Canada Since the Second World War

There is an opportunity to apply for a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship through the University of British Columbia’s Internal Banting Competition for study on Economic Development and Occupational Structure of the Okanagan, British Columbia, and Canada since the Second World War.

The Okanagan is today one of Canada’s key entrepreneurial and growth regions. The principal city, Kelowna, is the largest metropolitan area in British Columbia outside of Vancouver and Victoria, and the fifth fastest growing city in Canada. At the end of the 19th century, Kelowna did not exist. Moreover, until very recently, the economic history of the region was largely neglected by academic historians.

The postdoctoral opportunity is part of a wider project studying the economic history of the Okanagan in provincial and national context from 1881, the time of first settlement in the region, through to the early 21st century. Work on the history of the Okanagan until the Second World War is well advanced, and is the subject of a forthcoming book in preparation with UBC Press. It will be followed by research on the post-War period, and on the use of the economic history to catalyse regional economic strategy discussion and formation in practice. The postdoctoral fellow will build upon the platform provided by this wider project.

The project uses a range of sources to explore the development of a regional economy, for example censuses, business records, and government policies, all of which are largely untapped. The analysis is particularly concerned with occupations, what people did and why they did it, with wages and with capital. At the outset, our approach is to find out what happened, then explore causality, but we begin with four major questions. How and why did occupations and demography change? Why did the economy of an agricultural region such as the Okanagan, essentially devoid of manufacturing, grow faster than elsewhere in British Columbia? What made Kelowna exceptional? How can the knowledge gleaned be used to catalyze alternative economic strategies going forward? Comparison of the Okanagan with other regions in British Columbia, and with similar agricultural regions in eastern Canada, Washington State (USA), and other parts of the world, is an essential part of the study. The role of women, often ignored in economic history analysis, is being examined in-depth. Similarly, the impact of change upon First Nations.

Successful candidates must have a research program that complements, or contributes to, one of these areas of inquiry. They also need a research program that is strongly connected to their previous work.

The project is led by Roger Sugden (Faculty of Management, UBC) and Keith Sugden (Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure, Campop, University of Cambridge). The postdoctoral fellow will be based at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus, in Kelowna, and will spend research periods at Campop, in Cambridge. The two-year fellowship is worth $70,000 CAD per year, with additional research funds provided by UBC’s Faculty of Management.

To discuss possibilities, and interest in particular areas of study, email: