Events in the Department of History

Events from 21 December, 2014

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    Time
    Event
  • 18th June, 2015 to 20th June, 2015

    Trafficking, Smuggling and Illicit Migration in Historical Perspective Conference

    Human trafficking, human smuggling, and illicit migration are some of the most politically volatile and pressing issues in the present day. They are also the subject of a growing amount of sociological,criminological, and historical research. This combined conference and workshop aims to bringtogether the growing number of scholars who are currently working on the histories of trafficking,smuggling, and illicit and sexual migration from all regions in the modern period.

  • 17th September, 2015 to 18th September, 2015
    9am-5pm

    Thinking Labour Rights through the Coolie Question

    Symposium to be held as part of the Laureate Research Program in International History, University of Sydney, Australia

    This symposium sets out to re-think histories of labour rights within the context of economic internationalism.  It suggests that there is now a need to broaden and re-think the field of labour rights history and that one way to do this is by focusing on the global response to the problem of coolie trade, what became known as ‘the coolie question,’ in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The period of the coolie trade extends from approximately the early 1840s – one consequence of the ending of slavery in the British empire - to the 1920s. The idea behind the coolie trade was a simple one. It sought to extract labour from China, India and the Pacific Islands and transport it to locations across the world, where it was in short supply, through systems of indenture. However the system that developed was widely condemned as inefficient, exploitative and often as akin to slavery.
     
    We welcome papers on the following themes:
     
    · Free and unfree labour
    · Labour and Empire
    · Economic internationalism and free trade liberalism
    · The ‘coolie question’ as a methodological category
    · Slavery and imperial migration schemes
    · Comparative labour history
    · Asian migration and labour rights
    · Gender and labour rights
     
    This workshop will be co-conveyed by Prof Marilyn Lake (University of Melbourne) and Dr Sophie Loy-Wilson (University of Sydney)