MOBILE – Mobility Law Open Lab with Sari Nauman

Internally Displaced Persons and Refugees as Historical Categories: An 18th-Century Baltic Case Study

Photo of Sari NaumanGuest presenter: Sari Nauman is a docent in history at the University of Gothenburg and Pro Futura Scientia XVII Fellow at Swedish Collegium of Advanced Studies, Riksbankens Jubileumsfond.

Presentation: The question of how to categorize and label border crossers and migrants is at the forefront of refugee studies and forced migration studies, and yet it is seldom debated among historians in the fields. Nauman presents her ongoing work on a monograph introducing the concept of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) for the early modern period (c. 1500–1800), and discusses how the concept of IDPs force a concomitant reconceptualization on what exactly defines a refugee, historically. A case study of Finnish and Baltic IDPs/refugees in Sweden during the Great Northern War (1700–1721) works as a steppingstone for a larger discussion on issues of sovereignty, borders, and the responsibility to protect in historical refugee studies.

Time: 22 February 2024 13:00-14:15

Place: MOBILE – 6B-2-22 Southern Campus + ONLINE

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