ONLINE: Mobilities, Exclusion, and Migrants' Agency in the Pacific Realm in a Transregional and Diachronic Perspective

  • 07.06.2021 - 09.06.2021
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This virtual conference brings together historians and scholars from related disciplines to revisit the exclusion of migrants and their agency in coping with exclusion in light of the dynamics of mobility in the Pacific realm. Participants focus on the entangled ways in which migration, exclusion, and racism have influenced government policies, perceptions of migrants in host societies, and migrants’ agency in that region since the nineteenth century. Shaped by colonial and imperial legacies, migration regimes around the globe today still operate at the nexus of mobility, racism, and xenophobia. This dynamic is twofold, as negative prejudice goes hand in hand with positive discriminatory attitudes and practices that produce privileged modes of mobility. Migrants’ reactions to negative prejudice and exclusion have ranged from resistance to adaption to indifference, all of which can become means of coping. The formation of coping strategies, in turn, can contribute to the empowering of migrant communities and to the development of more inclusive societies. To develop these perspectives, participants will explore the shifting intersections and interactions between migration and exclusion through empirical case studies. Ultimately, we hope to gain a more comprehensive picture of the nexus of migration, exclusion, and migrants’ agency. The conference is part of the Max Weber Foundation’s collaborative research project “Knowledge Unbound,” module “Interaction and Knowledge in the Pacific Region: Entanglements and Disentanglements.”