History – Migration – Anthropology: New Perspectives on Migration and Migration History
Third Workshop on Contemporary European Migration History organized by: 
Network Migration in Europe e. V. (http://www.network-migration.org)
in cooperation with Arbeitsstelle Historische Anthropologie at the University of Erfurt and Centre Marc Bloch, Berlin




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Date: November 7-9, 2002
University of Erfurt (Germany)

Migration has become a key social phenomenon reshaping Europe since 1945. The 'relocation' of populations as a consequence of mobilisation policies of the 1930s and of World War II (and the Holocaust) was followed by political East-West migration, refugee movements, ethnic migration, migration as a consequence of decolonisation and, not least, labour migration. These migrations have contributed considerably to changing perceptions of Self and Others among immigrants and ‘Europeans’ alike. Their mass character as well as their complexity has affected adaptation processes and social interactions. This is particularly true for processes and practices of inclusion and exclusion, as well as for the constitution of societies.

Research into migration is by definition an interdisciplinary field. The interdisciplinary dialogue, however, remains underdeveloped. The workshop "History – Migration – Anthropology: New Perspectives on Migration and Migration History" addressed questions of immigration in and to Europe in a comparative historical and anthropological perspective with a strong emphasis on the disciplinary intersection of history and (social/cultural) anthropology. The workshop payed particular attention to:

a. METHODS and THEORIES from the fields of history and (social- and historical-)anthropology with regard to migration research;

b. historical and anthropological/ethnographical CASE STUDIES on migrant movements, migrant incorporation/exclusion and migrant representation etc. in both sending and receiving countries.

A selected number of papers is curently being revised and will be published in an edited volume by Michael Esch, Andrea Klimt and Ulrich Raiser.

For further information contact Ulrich Raiser, Jan Motte or Alf Luedtke.