CFP: "West meets East: mobility of people, exchange of knowledge. Female migration in Europe from the sixteenth to the twenty-first century"

We are delighted to share the call for papers for a collective volume which aims

  1. to study female migration from Western Europe to Eastern Europe and vice-versa in the long run, from the sixteenth to the twentieth century;
  2. to follow the alterations that took place in both spaces through the lens of the influence that the newcomers brought to the local structures.

This book aims to bring a fresh contribution to the phenomena of labor migration between Western and Eastern Europe by focusing on female migrants as independent migrant and/or in the context of family migration. It will show the complexities and the variety of situations well beyond stereotypes. Secondly, it aims to highlight that, contrary to a common contemporary perception, mutual flows between the two geographical areas have existed at least since the early modern age, and well before the birth of the contemporary nations, in multiethnic empires, such as the Ottoman empire or the Habsburg empire.

Ultimately, by adopting an historical and interdisciplinary approach, the book will highlight how these mutual migration flows contributed to shape the identity of the contemporary Europe. Awareness on the entangled histories of migration between East and West will help to better understand the developments that took place in certain fields. The volume will foster a dialogue between different research areas, including the history of migration, the history of knowledge, gender & women studies, labor and economic studies, demography etc. and will adopt an intersectional approach.


Should you be interested in taking part in the project, please send an abstract (max. 500 words) and a short CV to the editors Beatrice Zucca Micheletto (University of Padua, Italy) and Nicoleta Roman (‘Nicolae Iorga’ Institute of History & New Europe College, Bucharest):


Key deadlines

  • 15 November 2022 : abstract
  • 30 January 2023 : full paper (between 8,000 and 10,000 words).

For further information, please see the PDF attached.