Management and Experiences of Migration in Modern East European History - 10./11.9.18

International workshop-conference

Organized by the University of Basel in cooperation with the Universities of Strasbourg, Freiburg/Br. and Center for Immigration Studies at the South Ural State University Chelyabinsk.

Supported by EUCOR-Graduate Centre (Cross border Education Grant 2018), Basel Graduate School of History (BGSH), and the Chair for East European History at the Department of History.


When & Where

10-11 September 2018

Alte Universität, Rheinsprung 9, Seminarraum 201



To registrate, please contact Elisabeth Janik-Freis via email:



Monday, Sep 10

10.15 Welcome and Introduction


F. Benjamin Schenk (Basel): ‘Hubs of Global Migration’. Organising flows of transcontinental migration in the late 19th and early 20th centuries

Elisabeth Janik-Freis (Basel): Traveling in Stages. Myslowitz and Hamburg as Hubs of transatlantic Migration (1880-1914)

Discussant: Dietmar Neutatz (Freiburg)

12.00-12.15 Coffee break


Olga Nikonova (Cheliabinsk): Medizinische Betreuung und Hygienische Versorgung der Pereselenzy in der Tscheljabinsker Auswandereranstalt

Yulia Khmelevskaia (Cheliabinsk): Searching for "Cities of Bread", Going Through "Bottlenecks". Agencies and Outcomes of Famine Affected Population's Displacement in Russia after the Revolution (1918-1923)

Discussant: Rhea Rieben (Basel)

13.45-14.30 Lunch break


Markian Prokopovych (Birmingham): Cities and the Materiality of Migration in Fin-de-Siècle Vienna and Budapest

Annemarie Steidl (Wien): Patterns of European Internal and Transatlantic Migration Before World War I. Hungary and Galicia in Comparison

Discussant: Fabian Baumann (Basel)

16.00-16.30 Coffee break


Laura Ritter (Freiburg): The Russian Atlantis. The Tsarist Empire as a Memory Space (lieu de mémoire) of the Russian Emigration in Germany

Sarah Hagmann (Basel): Shanghai 1938. Encounters of Central-European Jewish Refugees with Eastern European Refugees from World War I

Discussant: Sophia Polek (Basel)

19.00 Dinner Restaurant Pinar, Herbergsgasse 1


Tuesday, Sep 11


Emilia Koustova (Strasbourg): Forced Displacements from Western Regions of the Soviet Union. Mass Violence and Individual Experiences

Ségolène Plyer (Strasbourg): Die Zulassung von deutschen Migranten nach 1945. Ein migrationsgeschichtlicher Blick auf die Neuordnung Europas nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg

Discussant: Boris Belge (Basel)

10.30-10.45 Coffee break


Jeff Sahadeo (Carleton University): Crumbling from the Outside In. Perestroika-Era Migration to the Soviet Core

Igor Narskij (Tscheljabinsk/München): "Schönheit des Leichnams". Migration und Volkskulturpflege

Discussant: Henning Lautenschläger (Basel)


12.15-13.00 Final Discussion

13.00 Sandwiches and departure of participants






Elisabeth Janik-Freis

University of Basel
Department of History
Hirschgässlein 21
Tel. +41 (0)61 207 46 66