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Australian Migration History Network

The Australian Migration History Network (AMHN) encourages those working in the diverse field of migration history to put forward papers for the inaugural AMHN stream at the Australian Historical Association Conference at the University of Southern Queensland taking place between 8-12 July 2019.

Keynote Speaker

Professor Jordanna Bailkin is the Jere L. Bacharach Endowed Professor in International Studies at the University of Washington in Seattle. She is the prizewinning author of The Culture of Property (Chicago, 2004), The Afterlife of Empire (Berkeley, 2012), and Unsettled: Refugee Camps and the Making of Multicultural Britain (Oxford, 2018). She has published widely on the histories of colonialism and decolonization, race and migration.

This keynote is generously funded by the Australian Research Council Kathleen Fitzpatrick Laureate Fellowship: Child Refugees and Australian Internationalism: 1920 to Present, and the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research.

How do historical studies of the local and the global intersect in migration history? How do histories of migration inform, contest and shape regional, national, transnational and global histories? How does migration and ethnic history intersect with histories of religion, class, gender, health, race, and colonialism? Following on from the launch of the AMHN at the 2018 AHA Conference, this stream aims to showcase how migration history scholarship is at the forefront of historical inquiry. It seeks to encourage historical debate about human connectivity, migration policies, and the consequences of migration in the world today.

Abstracts are sought on the following topics:

  • Indigenous displacement and mobilities; convict and indentured labour; refugees and asylum seekers; inter-country adoption; skilled, business and student migrations
  • Changing border regimes, including detention and internment of ‘aliens’ and deportation, naturalisation and citizenship
  • Migrant settlement: identity formation, including racialisation, ethnic community building, and national belonging
  • Diasporas and return migrations, including intergenerational and cross-cultural issues
  • Issues of representation, memory and commemoration.

A selection of papers will be invited to contribute to an edited collection emanating from this inaugural AMHN stream at the AHA.

To ensure your abstract proposal is peer-reviewed for the Australian Migration History Network stream select the AMHN stream option during the online submission process. To submit a paper, return to the call for papers information on the event homepage.

For inquiries, please contact the stream convenor: Dr Jayne Persian (