CFP: Victorian Migrations

Call for Chapters
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.

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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