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478 - Migrations and Transnational Exchange in Latin America, 1850-1950

17.07.2012 | 08:00 - 13:30
17.07.2012 | 17:30 - 19:30

Convener 1: Goebel, Michael (European University Institute , Firenze, Italy / Italien)
Convener 2: Rinke, Stefan (Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany / Deutschland)

This panel proposes to bring to bear recent approaches to global and transnational history to the historiography of Latin America in the period ranging from 1850 to 1950. Its starting point is the increasing questioning of traditional nation-state focused historiography, whose explanatory potential even for periods preceding the coining of the term “globalization” is becoming more doubtful, as the ability of historians to research the flows of people, ideas and goods across national boundaries is growing due to accelerating global communication.  

Our main aim is to study the interaction between transnational movements and identity formations, which often, but by no means exclusively, had “the nation” as their central point of reference. In other words, the panel seeks to explore how movements, primarily of people and of ideas, across national boundaries related to the imaginary (re-)drawing of these boundaries. Rather than assuming that an increase in transnational flows and exchange entailed socio-cultural homogenization or a unidirectional undermining of differences, our premise is that cross-fertilization as well as demarcation became enmeshed in a complex interplay.  

In order to examine this interplay we chose to focus on a period that saw an enormous growth of global movements and communications as well as a deepening of the cultural, political and economic prerogatives of nation-states as a primary structuring element of social life. We are thereby trying to bring into focus the relationship between what Charles Maier has interpreted as the age of “territoriality” (especially from 1870 onwards) and those movements cross-cutting this territoriality. To advance our knowledge of this relationship for the case of Latin America, we especially encourage the application of historians pursuing comparative approaches and/or seek to bring to bear broad theoretical debates in recent global history to their research on Latin America. Papers are welcome in English and Spanish.

Keywords: migration, transfer, global history, Latin America

Title Author Country Co-Author
3831 - Transpacific Disputes and the formation of the Mexican National Project during the Age of Steam Mandujano, Ruth Canada / Kanada
5043 - Cosmopolitan Gentlemen. José Mariano Macedo and the Transatlantic Networks of Late-Nineteenth Century Peruvian Archaeology Gänger, Stefanie Germany / Deutschland
5119 - Immigration and Assimilation in Latin America in a Global Perspective Moya, Jose Ud States of Am / USA
5847 - Exile, Memory, and (Trans)National Identity. Röwekamp, Marion Mexico / Mexiko
6064 - Working on Identity, Working as Identity: Images of Industriousness and Slavery in the Construction of German Settler Identity in Southern Brazil CASSIDY, EUGENE Ud States of Am / USA
6921 - European Colonialism in the Levant and Diasporic Politics in Argentina, 1920-1946 Hyland Jr., Steven Ud States of Am / USA
7073 - La idea de España de los emigrantes en Argentina (1900-1950) ŽGarcía, Marcela Spain / Spanien
7182 - Sharing Post-Emancipation Strategies for Freedom: The Educational and Economic Collaboration between Afro-Cubans, Afro-Puerto Ricans, and African Americans Otheguy, Raquel Ud States of Am / USA
9530 - Honeymoon in the River Plate: Brazilian Journeys to the South, 1865-1914 Preuss, Ori Israel / Israel
9601 - De ¿Auslanddeutsche¿ a brasileños? Múltiples migraciones entre Brasil y Alemania en la primera mitad del siglo XX y la negociación de identidades Frotscher Kramer, Méri Brazil / Brasilien
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