CFP: Globalization and Migration in the 19th and 20th Centuries (Paderborn, Germany – November 2018)

“Europe has, in the final analysis, a utilitarian relationship to globalization,” write the organizers, at Germany’s Paderborn University, of a conference on how the subject relates to migration. It is a perspective that, for them, emerges from observing European efforts to impose controls on incoming refugee and migrant populations. “Yet,” they continue, “the history of migration in the 19th and 20th centur[ies] as a whole tells us that migration [also] presents a challenge to Europe’s self-image of shaping and dominating the globalized world…Immigration and its diversifying, hybridizing consequences for European society clearly manifest the simultaneous homogenization and heterogenization discernible in the process of globalization.”

The intended focus of the conference is on “population policy” – the “notion that population development can be planned.” It proposes to examine such questions as which population policies are inherent in Western conceptions of statehood, how and whether these policies were conveyed to the world beyond Europe, how migration regimes developed in (post)colonial states, how migrants have changed and can change statehood and population policies in Europe, and how migration has changed perceptions of population stability and otherness on the continent.

The conference will run from 1-3 November 2018, and be conducted in both German and English. Topic outlines on the above and related questions, not to exceed 5,000 characters, should be submitted to by 15 February 2018. All speakers invited to attend will be able to do so free of charge; travel and accommodations will be reimbursed.

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