Researcher Urška Strle will present her paper titled “Migrations observed from below: empirical values based on the case
study” at an online conference “WOMEN ON THE MOVE (The essence, reasons and consequences of women’s migration in the 19th and 20th centuries)”. The conference will be held online and participants can join through ZOOM. The event is hosted by the Institute of History of the Czech Academy of Sciences.

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ABSTRACT

Migrations observed from below: empirical values based on the case study

Life-story of Stanka, who left her home in Western Yugoslavian outskirts and eventually came to Canada in the early 1950s, will serve as an empirical basis to reconsider some aspects of illegal migrations, refugee masses and integrative processes in accepting societies. Personal perspective might enable a more thorough and detailed insight into the massive outflow of Slovenian population of first post-war years, especially because historicizing of the phenomenon has largely prevailed in extremely politicized context of the Cold War. Temporal perspective to frame migratory processes will shed light on more socially and culturally conditioned starting-points compared to the periodization, which usually stems from the political history. Thus Stanka’s life-course (focusing on her gender, generation and familial expectations), experience of living by the Italo-Slovene border area and local historical specifics will be the main observable elements. Such a conceptual choice evolves from the notion that politically-based macrohistorical analysis alone cannot sufficiently explain the complexity of post-war mobility.