PIMo Annual Conference (WG4), ‘Crossing: Human Mobilities and Their Consequences Across the Mediterranean, 1400-2022’, Rabat, 24-26 May 2023, Netherlands Institute Morocco.
Conference Work Group 4
Crossings: Human Mobilities and Their Consequences Across the Mediterranean, 1400-2022
Rabat, 24 May – 26 May 2022
NIMAR, Netherlands Institute Morocco
Full details and Call for Papers here: RABAT-Conference-2023
Cátia Antunes (Leiden University), Léon Buskens (NIMAR), Nadia Bouras (Leiden
Description of the Conference:
The Netherlands Institute in Morocco (NIMAR) is part of the Faculty of Humanities of Leiden
University. NIMAR offers educational programs and promotes scientific research in the field of
Islam, languages and culture, migration, identity and heritage and urban studies.
Due to its strategic geographic location, Morocco constitutes a bridge between Europe and Africa.
Its long-lasting economic, religious, cultural and political relations to both sides of the
Mediterranean, and the variety of cross-border mobilities in past and present, make Rabat a perfect
fit to accommodate the Crossings conference.
Crossing the Mediterranean is a historical phenomenon for times immemorial. For centuries, men,
women and children crossed the Mediterranean, in all directions, linking the heartlands of Africa
with Europe, and Eurasian societies with the Western Mediterranean. Although common, regular
and permanent, crossings in the Mediterranean have been subject to man- and nature made
obstacles that have framed, influenced and determined the life (and death) of many.
This conference proposes to address the idea of crossing the Mediterranean between the 15th and
the 21st centuries. We are particularly interested in papers that address the obstacles and
opportunities offered by the African, Asian and European trans-regional connections to the
Mediterranean as lenses to explain and assess the impact that human mobility has in past and
contemporary societies. The thematic focus of this conference circulates around Migration and
Trafficking; Conflict (institutional, political); Slavery and Exploitation; Culture and Religion;
Identities; and Memory and Heritage.
We are looking for contributions, by senior and junior scholars, historians and social scientists, from
Africa, Eurasia and Europe, that take the perspective of historical actors to answer specific research
questions that address the challenges raised by each of the above-mentioned themes. We are thus
looking for abstracts that state clearly the research question to be addressed in the conference, the
primary sources that stand at the core of the research and the historiographical/scientific
contribution inherent to one’s presentation. A selection of the best papers will be invited for a future
The deadline for submission of proposals is December 20, 2022. Abstracts should include title,
author, affiliation, 500 words of text and can be sent by email to: Cátia Antunes
A provisional program will be available as of January 20, 2023.
Conditions of application:
Eligible Applicants must be based in PIMo Full Members / PIMo Cooperating Member or come
from Approved COST Near-Neighbor Country (NNC) Institutions (the list of the NNCs is available
The application process is brief and uncomplicated. PIMo membership is required for the participants to claim reimbursement of their expenses according to COST rules (see below).
Deadline for Applications 20 December 2022
Submissions directly to Cátia Antunes (email@example.com)
Giovanni Tarantino (University of Florence, PIMo Action Chair)
Katrina O’Laughlin (Brunel University, PIMo Vice-Chair)
Cátia Antunes (Leiden University)
Léon Buskens (NIMAR)
Nadia Bouras (Leiden University)
Bob Mutsaerts (MPhil Representative)
Expenses will be reimbursed in line with relevant COST rules. To be eligible for the reimbursement, each participant will be required to sign the conference attendance list daily. For details, please consult the COST Vademecum
(https://www.cost.eu/wpcontent/uploads/2020/06/Vademecum-V8-1-May-20202.pdf) as well as
the COST guidelines on travel reimbursement rules (https://www.cost.eu/wpcontent/uploads/2020/05/Travel-Reimbursement-Rules-.pdf).
All participants will be required to register for an e-COST profile at https://eservices.cost.eu – each
participant must add their bank details to their e-COST profile before receiving their e-COST
Accommodation and board:
The organizers will assist the participants in finding suitable accommodation and board options. The
participants will be obliged to make their hotel reservations, travel arrangements, and meals. We
strongly suggest the participants make travel arrangements and hotel bookings with a cancellation
option and purchase cancellation insurance.
COVID-19 Prevention Guidance:
The participants are obliged to inform themselves about possible COVID-19 restrictions for entering
and staying in Morocco and returning to their home countries.