This interdisciplinary panel focuses on short- and long-term migration towards European, Asian, African or American oceanic port-cities, in the 15th-17th centuries. It includes comparative analyses and specific case studies both from the point of view of the migrants and of the host cities.
The rise of 'global history' has entailed an increasing attention on the role of port cities and on the long-range movement of people and goods, as well as on cultural exchanges. Although the theme is not new, many recent projects have contributed with new lights and new methodologies, thus setting the ground for continuous discussion. This panel will seek to address the question of the impact that migration had on late-medieval and early modern port-cities, and in turn the ways in which migrants and migrant communities themselves have been affected by their 'host' cities. Papers can address the push and pull factors that led to migration towards Oceanic port cities, as well as the strategies migrants adopted in order to survive and assimilate. Port-cities can be looked at as a place of long-term migration, as a place of temporary settlement, or as a spring-board for further relocation. Paper proposals should focus on migration towards European, Asian, African or American destinations, in the period c. 1400-1700 both from the point of view of the migrants and from the point of view of the host-city. This is intended as an interdisciplinary panel, and therefore the convenors encourage paper submissions on aspects including - but not limited to - linguistic and cultural exchanges, religious debate, social and legal regulations, places and urban development. We encourage papers presenting a comparative perspective and specific case studies of individual or groups of travellers/migrants, as well as analyses of the attractiveness of specific towns.