Events in the Department of History
Events from 25 April, 2015
29th April, 20154-6pm
Wednesday seminar series: Historians talk about their books.
18th June, 2015 to 20th June, 2015
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, 20159am-5pm
Symposium to be held as part of the Laureate Research Program in International History, University of Sydney, AustraliaThis 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.The workshop will feature three keynote speakers:
Associate Professor Moon Ho-Jung (University of Washington)
Professor Mae Ngai (Colombia University)
Professor Leon Fink (University of Illinois)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 rightsAbstracts should be sent to Sophie Loy-Wilson by April 30th 2015.This workshop will be co-conveyed by Prof Marilyn Lake (University of Melbourne) and Dr Sophie Loy-Wilson (University of Sydney)