CfP Reminder: Beyond City Gates: Spaces of Arrival and Transit for Migrants in European Cities, 1500-2000 (Rome, 29 August-1 September 2018)

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Session M11 of the 14th International Conference of the European Association for Urban History (EAUH), Rome, 29 August - 1 September 2018

Session Coordinators: Markian Prokopovych (University of Birmingham), Rosa Salzberg (University of Warwick / European University Institute, Florence)

European cities have always been places of arrival and transit for migrants coming from both near and far, with a diverse range of motives. These movements shape the urban environment and are in turn shaped by it; the movement of people necessitating an infrastructure of more or less permanent spaces to receive and accommodate them, to facilitate their permanence or encourage their departure. These spaces might be quite different in nature as well as appearance, they might be on the peripheries of the city or absolutely central; officially designated and constructed or created in a more ad hoc manner by locals or migrants themselves. They all, however, played a crucial role in migrants' journeys as points of encounter with local authorities and the urban community, places to access information, sociability and resources, facilitating paths towards integration or marginalisation.

Looking at and beyond city gates and their modern equivalents, this panel aims to analyse urban spaces of arrival and transit around transport nodes and accommodation sites to understand their role in the itineraries and experiences of migrants in European cities from the early modern period to the twentieth century. We encourage the submission of abstracts for papers examining sites such as city gates, ferry stations, train stations, ports, airports, inns, hostels, lodging houses, reception centres, and considering their political, social, cultural, economic and/or architectural significance.

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Please submit your paper proposals of up to 450 words online to the EAUH2018 website (prior registration is required)

Deadline for paper proposals submission: October 5, 2017

Notification of paper acceptance: December 1, 2017

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