Trafficking, Smuggling, and Illicit Migration in Historical Perspective, 18-20 June 2015
Speakers will include: Eileen Boris, Julia Martinez, Pamela Cox, Joel Quirk
Starts: Jun 18, 2015 11:30 AM
Finishes: Jun 20, 2015 05:00 PM
Venue: Room B04, 43 Gordon Sq
Free entry; booking required
Human trafficking, human smuggling, and illicit migration are some of the most politically volatile and pressing issues in the present day. They are also the subject of a growing amount of sociological, criminological, and historical research. This combined conference and workshop aims to bring together the growing number of scholars who are currently working on the histories of trafficking, smuggling, and illicit and sexual migration from all regions in the modern period. In particular, it aims to critically engage with the concept of sexual trafficking in the past by exploring the way in which it was entangled with labour and with migration more broadly. Papers need not be limited, therefore, to the subject of trafficking: we encourage submissions from those working on smuggling and illicit migration as well, though we are especially interested in work from a gendered perspective.
Recognizing that this history is not only a long one with specific local contexts, but also a transnational, international, multinational, and multilayered one, the conference is conceived of as a starting point for forming an international network of scholars who are working toward writing what must be, on some level, a collaborative project. With this in mind, part of the conference will take the form of a workshop, where delegates are given the space in which to discuss common themes and problems in their work, and potential formal collaboration. While the conference will be primarily be for historians, it also aims to provide a forum in which historians can engage interdisciplinary and publically: a roundtable plenary, which will be open to the public, policy makers, and organizations, will focus upon what history can add to present day debates about sex trafficking and related migration policy.