Digital Methods for the Study of Mobility. The Mediterranean and beyond

This event is funded by the France-Berkeley-Fund.
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This event is funded by the France-Berkeley-Fund and is organized by Christine Philliou (UC Berkeley) and Andreas Guidi (Inalco, Paris)

Presentation of the scientific event

Mobility and migration have profoundly shaped the contemporary world, influencing human experiences, surveillance practices, and social imaginaries. People on the move have been systematically categorized, tracked, and registered by various institutions, generating vast amounts of data. Although these historical records vary significantly in their sharpness and detail concerning the individuals involved, they are often serial in nature. This seriality encourages historians to blend quantitative and qualitative data, a process that is facilitated but also complicated by a constantly evolving array of digital tools and methods.

Following a workshop at the University of California, Berkeley, in January 2024, this event at Inalco Paris will bring together scholars researching different mobility patterns to discuss the intersections between methodology and sources, concepts and categories, periodization and spatial perspectives. With a focus on the Aegean Sea within the broader Mediterranean region, the workshop aims to foster a dialogue with studies of various settings in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Program of the scientific event

June 25

  • 10:00-10:30   Welcome Note

  • 10:30 – 12:00   Panel 1: Comparative Perspectives

Mareike König (DHI Paris) : Mapping German Immigration to Paris in the 19th Century

Agustin Cosovschi (EFA, Athens) : Political Networks Across the Eastern Mediterranean: A Digital Approach to Socialist Internationalism during the Cold War


  • 13:30 – 15:00   Panel 2: Projects at INALCO and CETOBAC

Zeynep Ertuğrul (EHESS- HU Berlin) : Mobility of State Propagandists (“People’s Preachers”) in Early Republican Turkey

Andrea Gritti (EHESS) : The Transition in Land Tenure in Greek Macedonia Following the 1923 Population Exchange

Andreas Guidi (Inalco) : Mapping Mobility through Marriage Records in a Colonial Setting (Rhodes, 1912-1940)


  • 15:30 – 17:00   Panel 3: Projects at UC Berkeley

Hilal Tümer (UC Berkeley) : Aegean in Flux: Migration From the Morea to Anatolia During and After the Greek War of Independence

Christine Philliou, Firuzan Melike Sümertaş (UC Berkeley) and Jhon Botello Maldonado (Old Dominion University) : The “Istanpolis” Project and the Greek/Rum Community of Istanbul


June 26

  • 10:00 – 10:45   Peter Stockinger and Bastien Sepulveda (INALCO) : Introduction to LACAS, a Digital Platform for Area Studies

  • 11:00 – 13:00   Panel 4: Archives and Traces

Kalliopi Amygdalou (ELIAMEP Athens) : Mapping the spatial impact of the 1923 Population Exchange in Izmir and Attica provinces: the HOMEACROSS project

Angelos Dalachanis (CNRS - IHMC) : Greek Historical Archives of the Eastern Mediterranean (ELIAM): A digital repository in search of raison d’être

  • Andreas Guidi (CREE, Inalco)