CFP Workshop on Migration/Diaspora Aug 17-18 2013


Workshop on migrations, mobility and diaspora: New conceptualizations, sources and method Aug 17-18 2013

The Historical Data Research Unit at the University of Guelph invites paper proposals for a workshop August 17-18 2013 on the topic of migrations and diaspora. Our goal is to explore new conceptualizations, method and sources.  We are interested in papers that advance knowledge about (a) differences among nationalities and ethnicities; (b) the ways in which family size, marriage, fertility and economic circumstance shaped both the decision to migrate and consequences for the migrants; (c) reconstituting family and life course of migrants within and across borders, both mobile and static, in and out of nations; (d) the role of slavery, penal transportation, indentured service and contract labour in the development of nations and empire; (e) the role of military service to facilitate and document migration; and (f) strategies to operationalize concepts such as diaspora, homeland and return migration.


The University of Guelph is located less than an hour from Toronto’s international airport, in the heart of Canada’s ‘technology triangle’ and a short distance from the Shaw Festival, the Stratford Festival, Niagara Falls and other attractions.

We look forward to hearing from anyone who might be interested in the workshop.  We invite anyone who might like to offer a paper for discussion at the workshop, or simply to participate in the discussions, to contact us by March 31.

Contact:  Kris Inwood: or Graeme Morton: