Migration

International Conference “Luso-luxemburguês? Research on Portuguese migration in Luxembourg” (19-20 February 2016)

I am so happy to announce this conference, starting tomorrow. I might say it was a great, indeed intensive, but wonderful experience to be engaged together with Thierry Hinger (UniLU / IPSE, CDMH), Nicolas Graf (CDMH) and other colleagues from CDMH and UniLu in the organization of such a conference. A detailed post on the developments of this conference might come very soon! I am very excited about meeting so many experts on the field and particularly interest in listening the participants of the actiivty “Conte a sua história” (Tell your story).

All invited!

🙂

The conference “Luso-Luxemburguês?”, co-organized by the Documentation Centre for Human Migrations (CDMH) and the University of Luxembourg, in collaboration with several institutions and associations, is a first initiative that brings together researchers at international level currently working on Portuguese migration in Luxembourg. The public is warmly invited to participate in debates.

Simultaneous translation will be provided: French – English / English – French

FIRST DAY: Friday, 19th February 2016

14h00 – 14h15

Welcome and opening words

14h15 – 17h00

Session 1 : Growing and aging in migration

Moderation: José Carlos Marques, CICS.NOVA.IPLeiria

17h15 – 17h30

Research on migration in Luxembourg

Presentation of www.cdmh.lu/recherche

Thierry HINGER, CDMH, & Anita LUCCHESI, Univ. of Luxembourg, IPSE

SECOND DAY: Saturday, 20th February 2016

9h30 – 12h00

Session 2 : The comings and goings of the Portuguese in Luxembourg and diverse political issues

Moderation: Adrien THOMAS, LISER

14h30 – 16h00

Session 3 : “Conte a sua história”: a microphone open to the “comunidade portuguesa no Luxemburgo”

Moderation: Jozefien DE BOCK, Ghent University

Conclusion by José Carlos Marques, CICS.NOVA.IPLeiria

16h30-18h00

“Conte a sua história”: recording testimonies

Here the collective of researchers on Portuguese immigration stops to listen to the community itself. This activity was inspired by the practice of public history, increasingly using digital and audiovisual resources in projects built with specific communities, sharing with them historian-researcher authority. This moment within the session “Tell your story” was planned to give way to the testimonies of Portuguese attending the conference that might wish to talk about their life experiences. Therefore, all of the Portuguese community in Luxembourg is invited to participate, regardless of age, profession, or date of arrival in the Grand Duchy. Other migration experiences are equally welcome. The microphone will be open to everyone!

 

Full program:

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Please, register by e-mail: info@cdmh.lu – participation is free.

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Migration/Immigration Network of the SSHA (Chicago, November 17-20, 2016)

Reposting a CFP from H-Migration

CFPs: Migration Network of the Social Science History Association (SSHA)

41st Annual Meeting of the Social Science History Association

Date and Location: Chicago, Illinois, November 17-20, 2016

Conference Theme: “Beyond Social Science History: Knowledge in an Interdisciplinary World”

Submission Deadline: February 20th, 2016

The SSHA is the leading interdisciplinary association for historical research in the US; its members share a common concern for interdisciplinary approaches to historical problems. The organization’s long-standing interest in methodology also makes SSHA meetings exciting places to explore new solutions to historical problems. We encourage the participation of graduate students and recent PhDs as well as more-established scholars, from a wide range of disciplines and departments.

We hereby invite you to submit panels, papers, and posters related to the theme of migration widely defined for the forthcoming conference on“Beyond Social Science History: Knowledge in an Interdisciplinary World” in Chicago. We encourage submissions on all aspects of social science history. Submission of complete sessions and interdisciplinary panels are especially welcome.

The Migration Network is one of the largest and most active networks at the SSHA. This year’s theme focusing on interdisciplinary historical studies and that ways in which disciplinary boundaries have stretched to integrate new methodologies, data, tools from the physical and biological sciences, as well as literature, arts, medicine and technology offers especially rich opportunities for migration scholars.

We are seeking submissions that address the topics below. Related subjects and new ideas are also welcome: 

  • Refugees, Public health and the Law
  • Public Policy and Refugees
  • Refugees and the “European Crisis”
  • Gendering of Mobility: Refugees, Labor Migrants, Family unification
  • Migration, Mobility and Environmentalism (epidemiology public health, climate change)
  • Migration and the Digital Humanities
  • Forced and Free Migrations
  • Migration history in the Public Sphere
  • Narratives of Migration: Oral Histories and Storytelling
  • Emotions and Migration
  • Citizenship and the Law: Forms of Inclusion (birthright) and Forms of Deportation
  • Migration and Diplomacy
  • Migrants, Refugees and Grassroots politics
  • War and Migration
  • History, Memory and the shaping of Contemporary Migration Debates
  • Migration Scholars as Public Intellectuals
  • Teaching Migration: National Differences or Disciplinary Challenges

We are now accepting conference submissions for the 2016 SSHA Annual Conference.  You may login to submit a panel or paper directly at (http://ssha.org). Individuals who are new to the SSHA need to create an account prior to using the online submission site. Please keep in mind that if your panel is accepted, every person on the panel has to register for the conference. Graduate students are eligible to apply for financial support to attend the annual meeting (see http://www.ssha.org/grants).

Please feel free to contact the Migration Network Representatives for comments, questions, assistance creating a panel or for help with submissions:

Marina Maccari-Clayton (mmaccari@utk.edu)

Gráinne McEvoy (mcevoygr@gmail.com)

Linda Reeder (ReederLS@missouri.edu)

RDV du Dimanche with Emmanuel Mbolela @ Centre de Documentation sur les Migrations Humaines

Last week I came for the first time, after arrived in Luxembourg, to the Centre de Documentation sur les Migrations Humaines – a trés sympas building at the Gare-Usine, in Dudelange (it is very easy to get there), with space for exhibitions, conference room, library and an interesting archive (not only on Italian and Portuguese Migration!).

I will write more about this visit to the Centre Doc (this is, I realize, the abbreviation that the friends of the CDMH use 🙂 ) and the tour at the Quartier Italie I did yesterday in a further opportunity. By now, if you want a quick view n the Quartier, you can see this link from the Institut Europeen des Itineraires Culturels, or this 4 pages dossier, by Antoinette Reuter, who is herself a historian, collaborator of the Centre Doc, and has been engaged with the subject of migration for long time now.

Today I write to tell about the meeting they will have this Sunday, which has as a guest Emmanuel Mbolela, with an autobiographic book on his politic activities in the République Démocratique du Congo, and the huge repression that forced him to emigrate. A touching account on the violence and the exploitation he faced in his journey,  crossing the Sahara, then arriving in Morocco, where he became co-founder of an association of Congolese refugees. After four years, he acquired refugee status in the Netherlands, where a new chapter began, with other experiences and challenges to face, as, for example, the  extremely harsh working conditions, which are subject mainly immigrant workers.

Emmanuel Mbolela will tell us his story and a bit about the book in a especial lecture this Sunday (08/Nov), 15:00h, at the Centre de Documentation sur les Migrations Humaines. ALL INVITED! The event is bilingual, German and French.

I will be there.

More information:

“Mein Weg vom Kongo nach Europa: Zwischen Widerstand, Flucht und Exil”
Lesung von Emmanuel Mbolela

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[PhD Research Diary] First entry “Everything is connected now”

When you depart for Ithaca, wish for the road to be long,

full of adventure, full of knowledge.

from Ithaca (Ἰθάκη),  by Konstantinos Kavafis.*

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Detail of The Siren Vase, an Attic pottery from 480BC-470BC (circa)

This is the first of a serie of posts I expect to share with you during the next three years of my life, which I will dedicate to my PhD research at the Digital History Lab (website coming soon) of the University of Luxembourg, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Andreas Fickers. And you are welcome to follow the outstanding upcoming stories in the tag PhD Research Diary.  🙂

As all the new beginnings, this introductory post makes me feel a little bit self-reflexive. Looking at my life in the rearview, I would say now it is everything connected, from a very personal point of view.  The first time I got interested in the subject of Digital History I was in Europe, more precisely, in Italy (where the above pottery is supposed to be found), for my first study experience abroad, at the Università Degli Studi di Firenze. Now, I am back to the Continent with another baggage experience, and a slightly better understanding of the importance of travels for our personal life stories, and (why not?) for the “big” History.

I like that now, beyond be researching something that, I hope, will be useful to my colleagues working in the field of History in a near future, I will also be working directly with people, either because this project is also a public history project, either because I will be using oral history methods. Or, yet, because, afterwards, I hope my research can bring some effective contribution to the reality of so many people who have ever experienced what it is to be an immigrant. Well, it is actually bold to say that, but one can always dream (and I have some affinity with John Lennon).

I say that because, in this PhD, the investigation about the consequences of digital technologies, new tools and methods for the historiographical operation is not the unique propose of my research. Now, in addition to the issues that I was already asking myself in the last years, partly present in my Master Thesis, completed at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, I got many new things on my plate, just to mention a few keywords: migration, memory, oral history, public history… and all the whole new worlds each topic can unfold to me.  I am still familiarising with new literature and trying to find myself in this new scenario. I am curious and anxious to know what is to come. At the moment, the plan is developing a more detailed version of the research project Shaping a digital memory platform on migration narratives? A public history project on Italian and Portuguese migration memories in Luxembourg. I hope to have it done, including a research timeline and a well structure writing plan by the end of this first semester. In this meanwhile, there will be other posts here, but you are free (and I would be pleased) to send me questions, suggestions, critics or just a “hello/salut/moien!” at any time you like. I would really appreciate to receive comments and advice, specially in what concern migration History, Italian and Portuguese emigration/immigration to Luxembourg. So, please, don’t hesitate to leave a comment or writing me an e-mail if you have an idea (all ideas are good, until proven otherwise).

Of course, all this novelty can be frightening, to some extent, but at the same time, it is so fascinating to have the opportunity to dive in a very different thing. Not to mention that I am changing too, I moved from Rio de Janeiro to Luxembourg Ville, I left my family, friends and cats, I am learning a new language, dealing with different weather, enjoying other landscapes, aromas and flavours… and this can sound hard, but actually it is way exciting! I have to grow up here, and this is probably the major challenge beyond everything. It is hard, but so good to go out of inertia. And, at the end, I think I am a lucky person: it is not so far from my family in Florence and, also for academic reasons, I have some very special people to support me in Europe at the moment.

Perhaps I should apologize for the intimate tone of a post that is supposed to open a new tag on my professional life (oh, that sounded philosophical!). But as I will argue later about the importance of seeking certain hybridism on the combination of historiographical traditions with the new digital history, here too I think it is somewhat necessary to think about personal and professional life together. It’s so difficult to separate the “Anita-Anita” from the “Anita-historian”, it is everything connected. I hope you do not mind. I promise, next time, give less attention to my personal matters. After all, you do not want to know, for example, how I feel having to turn on the heater in October. As my ex-supervisor used to say, sometimes I just need to remember that words are to say something, not “to flourish” it. Thank you, Dilton! Also that lesson you taught me, but you also taught me to be rebel, and here I am. But I hope, for this first post, everybody will forgive me, even Prof. Dr. Dilton Maynard.

*I could do anything unless remember Kavafis/Cavafy’s poem when I started to write this post, which in turn, reminds me of Professor Manoel Luiz Salgado Guimarães (for those who read Portuguese, see here),  whose work, teaching and passion for history inspired me a lot. He show us – the undergrad students at that time – this poem in one of his last lessons, in his last course. I will never forget. And this inspiration is undoubtedly enough to give me the determination to face whatever is coming, in the better way as possible, with a good feeling in the heart, and seeing things with good eyes, keeping Ithaca always in my mind.

PS: I have to thank my office mate Max Kemman for the brilliant idea of working with some music in the background. It was just perfect to finish this post listening to Caetano Veloso’s Transa, an album from 1972, when Brazil were under the military dictatorship, and Caetano had to spent some time in a political exile in London. Caetano was right, it is a long, long, long way.