Migration history has a long tradition, which can be traced back to research conducted by the Chicago School in the 1920s. In its early stage, historiography on migration was dominated by scholars in countries that received big influxes of migrants. In countries where immigration was less prominent, interest in the subject matter only timidly started in the 1970s. In Belgium, we had to wait until the publication of Anne Morelli’s Histoire des étrangers et de l’immigration en Belgique, de la préhistoire à nos jours in 1992 before the field really kicked off.
Since then, migration history in Belgium has developed into a thriving discipline. Unfortunately it has not received a platform where this research is valorized in its own right. In order to remedy this, a group of historians from the different Belgian universities decided to set up a Belgian Network for Migration Historians. The establishment of this network intends to provide a forum where people working on migration history to, from and within Belgium can more easily connect and increase the visibility of their research to a broader public.
A first activity will be a workshop in Brussels (September 23rd 2017) where ongoing research and initiatives will be presented. The event is open to amateur historians, press, public officials, NGO’s, etc., in short anyone taking an interest in the topic.
Anyone interested in attending should contact email@example.com before September 15th.
Please find here a link on how to reach the KVAB, our conference location. http://www.kvab.be/contact. There is limited parking space available (for info see the link)
If you have any question do not hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Looking forward to see you on the 23rd!
All the best,
The organizing committee:
Anne Morelli (ULB)
Franck Caestecker (UGent)
Jozefien De Bock (UGent)
Idesbald Goddeeris (KUL)
Anne Winter (VUB)
Torsten Feys (VUB)
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