Finished Workshop “The modern systems for the reception of forced migrations” (Apr. 29)


Category: Workshop

Research Group: A03 Migrants & RefugeesC01 Digital Humanities

The workshop “The modern systems for the reception of forced migrations” will be jointly organized by A03 “Migrants, Refugees, and Community Building”and C01 “Analyses of Connectivities by Digital Humanities Methods.” This workshop will invite Sota Naruji, Research Associate of the School of Arts and Letters at Meiji University, as a guest speaker.

Workshop “The modern systems for the reception of forced migrations”

Date & Time: April 29, 2022, 15:00-17:00

Presentation: Sota Naruji (Research Associate of the School of Arts and Letters, Meiji University)
“Trust building and connectivity in the refugee resettlement policy of the modern Ottoman Empire:
    the mechanism of refugee assistance systems in the Migrants Commission in the 1860s”
Discussant: Kazuhiro Arai (Keio University, C01 Co-investigator)
Moderator: Hidemitsu Kuroki (ILCAA/Hokkaido University SRC, A03 Principal Investigator, Area Organizer)

The last 150 years of the Ottoman Empire (1300-1922) were the era when the Empire had been confronted with problems on the reception and resettlement of massive Muslim forced migrants caused by the dissolution of the Empire. It can be said that this refugee resettlement policy had been supported by various refugee assistance activities based on the collaboration between the state and society. This presentation will discuss these refugee assistance systems from the viewpoint of trust building and connectivity, focusing on the activities of the Migrants Commission, the first organization for the administration of immigration established by mass immigration of Crimean and Caucasian Muslims after the Crimean War (1853-56). To be specific, the discussion will be based on the details and the logic of the Commission’s requests for Ottoman society and refugee assistance activities of the Ottoman residents in response to the requests, taking up examples of supports such as donations, construction of villages for immigrants.

Language: Japanese
Venue: Open to the public/Admission free, Online via Zoom (Pre-registration is required)


Grant-in-Aid for Transformative Research Areas (A)
“Migrants, Refugees, and Community Building” (Principal Investigator: Hidemitsu KUROKI (ILCAA/SRC) Project Number: 20H05826)
“Analyses of Connectivity by Digital Humanities Method” (Principal Investigator: Wakako KUMAKURA (ILCAA) Project Number: 20H05830)

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