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The Centre for the Study of Global Human Movement


Image (wikimedia commons) of Arnold Böcklin's Odysseus und Polyphemus (1896)


We would like to invite (post)grads and postdocs to join us for our termly meeting on migration, mobility and movement. These meetings will provide an opportunity to learn about research across the university, to present on-going research and receive feedback, and explore opportunities for advancing research through the Centre. 


“Migration and Maritime Communities: Exploring Globalization from Below”
Katharina Bothe

Under this theme, I would like to present my existing and current study on historical and normative practices related to migrant workers and communities engaged with the maritime sector and blue economy. On a broader scale, my discussion seeks to piece together the story of globalization and sustainable development from the perspectives of individuals and communities through their lived experiences and collective narratives. 


Katharina Bothe is deputy head of program and a postdoctoral research fellow at the German Maritime Museum – Leibniz Institute for Maritime History. She is currently pursuing her habilitation at the University of Hamburg and is a Visiting Scholar at the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics, University of Cambridge. Her research focusses on migration, mobility and diversity, as well as sustainable work practices in the maritime economy of the twentieth and twenty-first century. Her publications on this subject have received international awards. She obtained her PhD from the University of Bremen.



"From the Baltic to the Atlantic: Human Movement Facilitated and Blocked by the Duke of Courland's Colonial Endeavours"

John Freeman


John is a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge in the Faculty of History. His research focus is the colonial ambition of the Dukes of Courland in the seventeenth century. Through this topic he investigates the encounters and networks formed between a small Baltic polity and the wider Atlantic world. The project asks whether the context of the eastern Baltic, which was itself a colonial space, influenced Couronian colonial attitudes in Africa and the Caribbean. He also works as a research assistant at the Centre for Geopolitics working, among other things, on the centre's Baltic programme. 


"A Sea of Ideas and Moving Bodies"

Tom Zago


I am a PhD Student at the University of Cambridge in the Faculty of History. My research project focuses on visions and visualisations of space and place in the Habsburg monarchy. More specifically, I am centring my reflections and observations around the Duchy of Luxembourg and County of Chiny, southernmost province of the Habsburg Netherlands, during the late seventeenth and eighteenth century. I investigate and analyse cultural practices in an urban context which produced – in the most literal sense of the word – spatial imaginaries that assigned to the Duchy a specific place within the vast dominions of the Habsburg monarchy.



Thursday, 3 March, 2022 - 17:00 to 19:00
Event location: 
Barbara White Room, Newnham College