CeMig Newsletter

30 August 2022

This is the newsletter of the Centre for Global Migration Studies (CeMig). It provides regular information about events, research projects and publications on the subject of migration at Göttingen Campus and within the region.


On Current Occasion


Congratulations to CeMig associate Bruno Witzel de Souza 

The project “Labor, livelihood, and immigration in a Brazilian plantation: the archives of the Ibicaba farm (1845-1975)” was awarded the Digital Humanities Prize, category Science Outreach at the World Economic History Congress (25.-29.07.2022, Paris). 

The “Ibicaba project” was conducted by CeMig associate Bruno Witzel de Souza at the Institute for Economic and Social History, University of Goettingen. It started in 2019 after being selected for the Modern Endangered Archive Program – a partnership between the Arcadia Fund and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Together with a team in Brazil led by Mr. Leonardo Santin Gardenal, Dr. Witzel de Souza coordinated the creation of an entirely new archive at the homonymous plantation in Brazil and the digitization of its content, making all material available in an open-access and user-friendly platform (https://meap.library.ucla.edu/ibicaba-farm).

Ibicaba Farm, located in the countryside of São Paulo, played an outstanding role in Brazilian history. It was there that the first experiments with European bonded labor were conducted, in a process related to the abolition of slavery and the insertion of Brazil into the Age of Mass Migration. This project provides the inventory and digitizes the farm’s archives from its second administration, when an immigrant family became the farm’s proprietor (1847-1977). By safeguarding these unique and unexplored sources, the project fosters our understanding of labor relations in Latin American plantations and their socioeconomic, cultural and political dynamics.

You can find more information about the project and the award here.



New Publications by CeMig Members


"Border crossers: movements in urban space and the social production of borders in French banlieues"

New publication by Ju. Prof. Dr. Dimitri Almeida (CeMig Associate)

Intra-urban borders are a pervasive feature in today’s global cities. They are not only the result of urban planning but they are also reproduced in everyday movements and interactions. Based on interviews and participant observation in French banlieues of Greater Paris, Mulhouse and Strasbourg, I analyse how inhabitants narrate movements in urban space that lead them to cross the boundaries of their neighbourhood. I build upon Lefebvre’s notion of spatial practice and insights from border studies to understand how these movements relate to the social production of urban marginality. The findings show how experiences and representations of intra-urban border-crossing among banlieue residents are shaped by and reproduce geographies of exclusion

Published in: Identities. More information can be found here.


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