SUSU Scientists and Partners Gathered at the University of Basel to Discuss the Problems of Migration Studies


On September 10-11, 2018, an international workshop-conference “Management and Experiences of Migration in Modern East European History” took place at the University of Basel; it was organized by Professor of  Eastern European History of the University of Basel, Benjamin Schenk  in cooperation with the universities of Strasburg and Freiburg and Laboratory for Migration Studies of South Ural State University.

At Benjamin Schenk’s invitation, Head of the Laboratory Jeff Sahadeo and the participants of the migration project Olga Nikonova, Yulia Khmelevskaia, and Igor Narskij came to Basel. A two-day workshop conference showed a variety of problems which are urgent today in the history of migration and wide possibilities of comparative and cultural studies.

“The host” of the conference, Professor Schenk, presented his own concept of understanding the migrations in the report “Hubs of Global Migration’: Organising flows of transcontinental migration in the late 19th and early 20th centuries” to the scientists from different European universities. The presentation of Head of the Laboratory and Professor of Carleton University Jeff Sahadeo was devoted to a multi-year research of migrations  in the post-Soviet space, which was summarized in a monograph which is going to be published by London publishing house in several months.

Head of Department of Russian and International History of SUSU Olga Nikonova acquainted the participants with the first results of study of medical aid and health services for the migrants to Chelyabinsk migration post at the end of XIX – beginning of XX century and Associate Professor of the Department Yulia Khmelevskaia told on the strategies of economic migrants in the epoch of civil war and starvation of 1920 in Russia.

Professor of the Department Igor Narskij who is presently working at the University of Munich connected the migration history and the folklife culture. The sign-off of the conference was the discussion of partnership prospects between the Laboratory for Migration Studies and the Historical Seminar of the University of Basel.  

 Sofya Suleimanova
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