Mobilities, Exclusion, and Migrants' Agency in the Pacific Realm in a Transregional and Diachronic Perspective

07.06.-09.06.2021, Konferenz

Mobilities, Exclusion, and Migrants' Agency in the Pacific Realm in a Transregional and Diachronic Perspective

Jun 07, 2021 - Jun 09, 2021

Conference at the University of California, Berkeley | Conveners: Albert Manke (GHI's Regional Office at UC Berkeley) and Sören Urbansky (German Historical Institute Washington)

This conference is part of the Max Weber Foundation’s collaborative research project “Knowledge Unbound,” module “Interaction and Knowledge in the Pacific Region: Entanglements and Disentanglements.”

We invite historians and scholars from other disciplines to revisit the exclusion of migrants and their agency in coping with exclusion in light of the dynamics of mobility in and across the Pacific. More specifically, we want to focus on the various and entangled ways in which migration, exclusion, and racism have influenced government policies, perceptions of migrants in host societies, and migrants’ agency in the Pacific region since the nineteenth century. Shaped by colonial and imperial legacies, migration regimes around the globe today still operate at the nexus of mobility, racism, and xenophobia. This dynamic is twofold, as negative prejudice goes hand in hand with positive discriminatory attitudes and practices that produce privileged modes of mobility. Migrants’ reactions to negative prejudice and exclusion have ranged from resistance to adaption to indifference, all of which can become means of coping. The formation of coping strategies, in turn, can contribute to the empowering of migrant communities and to the development of more inclusive societies.

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