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International Migrations in the Victorian Era, Leiden: Brill, 2017.

Edited by Marie Ruiz (Université Paris Diderot, LARCA)

Migration in the Victorian era has been identified as a paramount feature of the history of worldwide migrations and diasporas. Contrary to popular belief, the Victorian era was not only marked by an extensive exodus from Britain to the USA and the British colonies, but the Victorians also experienced a great degree of inward migration with the arrival of Catholic Irish, and oppressed Jews and Germans among others. Inward, outward and internal movements were sometimes a response to economic hardships and employment opportunities, but this cannot solely explain the extent of international migrations in the Victorian era.

In the Victorian period, mass migration played a significant role in shaping the nation’s identity, as well as Britain’s relationships with the outside world. This raises the question of the impact of migrations on the Motherland, as the Victorian migration trends also attracted numerous immigrants and transmigrants, who ended up remaining in Britain rather than emigrating to the USA or the British colonies. Yet, while the origins of these immigrants and transmigrants are now difficult to trace, the question of their potential impact on the Victorian society needs to be addressed. Fears of racial degeneracy permeated the Victorian discourses on migration, and demographic and social balances were expected to be reached through people’s displacements.

This edited volume aims at offering a global perspective on international migrations in the Victorian era including emigration, immigration and internal migration within Britain. Papers relating to the following themes, though not exclusively, are welcome:

Child migration
Civilising missions
Community migrations
Cultural and artistic migrations
Emigration and philanthropy
Emigration and Trade-Unions
Emigration societies
Factors determining migration
Family migration and individual migration
Female migrants and reproductive labour
Female migration in the Victorian era
Forced migration
Free passages to the New Worlds
Impact of demographics on migration
Impact of industrialisation on migration
Indentured migration
Internal migration / rural exodus
Invisible migrants
Inward migration/outward migration
Labour transportation
Land grants
Middle-class migration
Migrant stories and diaries
Migration and Empire-building
Migration and patriotism
Migration and surplus populations
Migration in the press
Migration and the Transport Revolution
Migration and xenophobia
Migration in the visual arts
Migration on screen: representing Victorian migration
Migration regulations and public policies
Migration within the British Isles
Missions and missionaries
Networks of migrations
Patterns of migration
Ports of emigration
Poverty-related migration
Promoting migration
Religious migration
Seasonal and permanent migrations
Servitude migration
Settlement patterns
Trade migration
Transmigration through Britain
Voluntary migration / involuntary migration

350-word abstracts, along with short academic biographies, should be submitted to mariejruiz@yahoo.fr. The deadline for submission of abstracts is April 1, 2016.

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Dr Marie Ruiz (Université Paris Diderot – Sorbonne Paris Cité – LARCA UMR 8225)

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