Colonial and Wartime Migration, 1815-1918

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September 12, 2018 to September 14, 2018
Subject Fields: 
British History / Studies, Australian and New Zealand History / Studies, Canadian History / Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Immigration & Migration History / Studies

International Conference

“Colonial and Wartime Migration, 1815-1918”

13 and 14 September 2018

Université de Picardie Jules Verne

Amiens, Logis du Roy

CORPUS (EA 4295)



Wednesday 12 September:

Reception at Amiens City Hall at 6:30pm


Thursday 13 September (Logis du Roy):

9- 9:15 = Introduction: Marie Ruiz

9:15-10:15 = Keynote Address

Eric Richards (Flinders University, Australia) – “Migration at Extremes”

10:15-10:45 = Discussion


10:45-11: Coffee break


11-12 = Panel 1: Exceptional Migration Patterns (Chair: Laura Sims)

Bernard Porter (Newcastle University, UK) – “British colonial migration in the 19th century. The Short Route”

James Hammerton (LaTrobe University, Australia) – “'Empire made me?’: English lower middle-class migrants and expatriates, 1860-1930.”

12-12:30 = Discussion


12:30- 1:30 pm = Lunch


1:30 pm- 2:30pm = Panel 2: Scottish Migration (Chair: Yann Béliard)

John MacKenzie (Lancaster University, UK) – “Early nineteenth century war and the distinctive Scottish Diaspora

Marjory Harper (University of Aberdeen, UK) – “"The hands of the clock have begun to move backwards": postwar emigration from Scotland”

2:30 – 3 pm = Discussion


3 – 4pm = Panel 3: Ireland, the Great War and New Zealand (Chair:  Marianne Kac-Vergne)

David Fitzpatrick (Trinity College, Ireland) – “Irish Migration and the Great War”

Jim McAloon (Victoria University, New Zealand) – “Irish immigrants and the middle class in colonial New Zealand 1890-1910”

4 – 4:30 pm = Discussion


Friday 14 September (Logis du Roy):

9:30-10:30 = Panel 4: Labour Migration (Chair: Géraldine Vaughan)

Fabrice Bensimon (Université Paris-Sorbonne) – “British Labour and Migration to Europe during Industrialisation (1815-1860). The Case of the Lace Makers”

Yann Beliard (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle) – “Migration to and from Hull, and its impact on the labour movement, 1840s-1914”

10:30-11 = Discussion


11-11:30 = Coffee break


11:30-12:30 = Panel 5: Religious Migration (Chair: Aurélie Thiria)

Hillary Carey (University of Bristol, UK)  – “Clergy for Convicts: Religion, Emigration and the Convict Probation System in New South Wales”

Géraldine Vaughan (université de Rouen – IUF) – “‘Promote Protestant emigration!’: John Dunmore Lang, Religious Immigration and Imperial Identities in the Mid-Victorian era”

12:30-1pm = Discussion


1-2:30 pm: Lunch


2:30-3:30pm = Panel 6: The Empire and WWI: Canadians and Kiwis (Chair: Frédérique Spill)

Kent Fedorowich (University of the West of England, UK) – “The ‘Sawdust Fusiliers’: The Canadian Forestry Corps, 1916-1919”

Adam Cutforth (France-New Zealand Association) – “‘There and back again’: an ANZAC’s round-trip to the Western Front”

3:30-4pm = Discussion


4 - 4:15 pm = Coffee break


4:15 – 5:15 pm = Panel 7: Migrant Representations of WWI (Chair: Nathalie Saudo-Welby)

Edward Higgs (University of Essex, UK) – “Spirit photography as war photography, and migration across the Great Divide”

Santanu Das (King’s College London, UK) – “South Asian Troops in Europe, 1914-1918 - Image, Song, Literature”

5:15-5:45 pm = Discussion


5:45 pm = End of Conference



Contact Info: 

Marie Ruiz

Associate Professor in British History

Author of British Female Emigration Societies (Palgrave, 2017):

Series editor: Anthem Studies in British History