Research School for Economic and Social History


26 November 2021
University of Warwick, UK

Call for Papers and participants hybrid workshop ‘“Passanten” and transient migration in preindustrial Europe and beyond’ – deadline 1 Nov.

The organisers of the invitational hybrid workshop ‘“Passanten” and transient migration in preindustrial Europe and beyond’, to be hosted by the University of Warwick on 26 November 2021, call for papers and participants.

In this workshop, the participants will explore the concept of passanten and its different iterations in history, discussing the meaning of and changes in transient migration in early modern European cities and parishes and beyond. Despite the focus on early modern Europe, contributions on other time periods and regions are also welcome to contribute to a comparative perspective.

The organisers welcome:

  • proposals for individual project presentations;
  • contributions focusing on sources and methods, concepts and conceptualisations, current research problems or fresh perspectives;
  •  expressions of interest to attend as a discussant.

Participants are invited to reflect on recently developed theories on spaces of arrival and transit, infrastructures of mobility, the agency of nature and technology as well as migration networks as units of analysis, to analyse the changes through time and the places transient migrants occupy within public space in urban and rural societies.

The workshop will take place as a hybrid event on Friday 26 November 2021, at the University of Warwick, c. 11 am to 5 pm. Participants wishing to attend in person will be most welcome, but it is also possible to join online. This small workshop will be informal and not open to the general public.

Please confirm your participation ultimately by 1 November 2021 by sending an email to Dr Marjolein Schepers and indicate whether you would wish to present a paper, offer methodical / source reflections, or act as a discussant. Those wishing to present a paper should include a title, short (max 1-page) abstract and brief biographical note.

Full call (pdf)