COST Network «Women on the Move» (CA 19112).
Editors: Maija Ojala-Fulwood (University of Turku, Finland), Katelin Parsons (University of Iceland) & PhD Kaarle Wirta (University of Tampere, Finland)
We are looking for additional contributions to our book that examines how migration and mobility were controlled, supported, and restricted in early modern Europe. The aim of the book is to investigate how different actors, such as rulers, regional lords, local authorities, corporations and Church tried to regulate different forms of mobility and how those on the move reacted to these attempts. The chapters will also illuminate the ways gender, religion, language, ethnicity, occupation, and position in the family, were entangled in the regulations concerning mobility. Special attention will be given to women migrants in order to gain new knowledge how the regulations affected women’s possibilities and migration patterns. The chapters in the volume are centered, but not limited to, seventeenth century.
The first part of the book will shed a light on how various corporations, such as craft guilds and trade companies channeled mobility, making it possible for some to migrate and hindering the mobility of others. The chapters in this section will discuss the role of these (and other) corporations in transnational and transregional mobility, making visible how the organizations shaped migration within Europe and beyond. For this section, we are looking at least one contribution that would illuminate the ambiguous role of corporations that both restricted and supported movement of people.
The second part of the book focuses on empires. Early modern empires were conglomerate states housing numerous ethnic, religious and language groups of people. For this part, we are looking for contributions on how empires dealt with individuals and social groups on the move. Empires are insightful cases, because they extended over vast geographical spaces, and the different regions were governed differently. Empires can been seen as corridors with multiple paths leading to different relationships between the centers and borderlands, kings and regional lords, rulers and subjects. As empires included a number of different social groups this part of the book will compare and analyze the different ways of managing mobility in such porous and heterogeneous environments. For this section, we seek at least one additional contribution that would discuss migration in for example, Habsburg Empire or the Ottoman Empire.
The third and final part of the book concentrates on peripheries and islands, insulae. Islands are not only landforms surrounded by water: they can also be linguistic, ethnic, mental or social enclaves within a larger territory or population. Like peripheries and borderlands, these islands can easily vanish from view when looking at movement within much larger empires or networks. We welcome proposals for papers on pathways of mobility in early modern Europe that focus on islands in this broader sense, whether transient or enduring. This could include the formation or dissolution of islands, the creation of new communities or categories of migrants, peripheral migrant destinations and the experiences of minorities on the move in early modern Europe.
The volume will be peer-reviewed. The intended length of the articles is 7,000-8,000 words, including references and bibliography. We aim to publish the book by Manchester University Press or Palgrave in the COST Action Women in the Move publication series. For the authors we will host an online seminar in late spring 2021, where they are asked to present their abstracts and ideas.
Expression of interest by 15.3.2021
DL for abstracts by 30.3.2021
Selection of papers by mid April 2021
Online seminar for contributing authors May 2021
DL for articles January 2022
Editors’ comments and (online)seminar for authors February 2022
DL for revised articles April 2022
Manuscript for publisher May 2022
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