Call for Papers: ESSHC panel on Formal and Informal Networks of Migrant Women and Men

CFP for a panel at the European Social Science History Conference (ESSHC)

Belfast, 4-7 April 2018   

Formal and informal networks of migrant women and men in settlement process

(14th-19th centuries)

Organiser: Beatrice Zucca Micheletto, GRHIS – University of Rouen (France)

This panel aims to study settlement patterns of migrants, according to a gendered approach. Since the pioneering work by Morokvasic (1984) research has shown that women participated in migrations not only as followers of their husbands, fathers or brothers but also as independent actors. At the same time, a new challenge came from the recent Italian historiography: according to some scholars (Quaderni Storici 2001; Arru, Ramella 2003; Arru, Caglioti, Ramella 2008) most of the works on the topic, influenced by the notion of “migratory chain”, took into account exclusively migrants who, since they arrival, were inserted in national or regional networks, with the consequence that their alleged “new” social network was composed almost exclusively by compatriots. On the contrary, these Italian scholars pointed out the importance of individual migration paths, and studied primarily the social relationships that people were able to build up in the new context, rather than emphasise the pre-existent national or regional ties.  Continue reading “Call for Papers: ESSHC panel on Formal and Informal Networks of Migrant Women and Men”