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Strangers in a Strange Land: Exploring Social Inclusion and Exclusion in Premodern Times

29 juni 2017

Migration has been and remains a hotly debated subject in both modern society and academia. Many refugees are currently fleeing from war and persecution to more stable and wealthy countries to build a new and better life for themselves. The current refugee crisis has had many historical antecedents, dating back as early as the Classical Antiquity. Common features of migration crises in both past and present are the problems of identity and integration of newcomers, and of the natives’ negative or positive responses to their presence. This all relates to the notion that every group, community, or nation constructs its identity upon the inclusion of people who share cultural characteristics, but also the exclusion of those who do not share these traits by rendering them ‘Others’.

On Thursday 29 June 2017, our one-day conference, titled Strangers in a Strange Land: Exploring Social Inclusion and Exclusion in Premodern Times, will address these and related issues. Our point of departure is the key text, “Introduction: The Language of Inclusion and Exclusion in the Context of Immigration and Integration” (2013), by Marlou Schrover (Leiden University) and Willem Schinkel (Erasmus University Rotterdam). These two scholars argue that the language of inclusion and exclusion is crucial to our understanding of the way migrant status and citizenship are defined. Additionally, the article surveys several relevant concepts in the discourse analysis of inclusion and exclusion and connects these to discursive constructions of boundaries.

We have the honour of welcoming Dr Nora Berend (University of Cambridge) as our keynote speaker. Berend, fellow at St. Catherine’s College and Senior Lecturer in European history at the University of Cambridge, is specialised in medieval history and the use of medieval themes in modern nationalism. Her lecture, which concludes the conference day, will discuss a range of examples from the high and late medieval period to demonstrate:

➢ How the terminology used contributed to the mechanism of exclusion.
➢ The purposes for which excluding mechanisms were put in place.
➢ Agency, and conflict over when and whom to exclude.

This multidisciplinary conference will unite researchers from three specialisations: Classics, Premodern History, and Premodern Literature.

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MondriaanstichtingVSB-fondsSNS ReaalPrins Bernard CultuurfondsOC&WVROM