The volume aims to explore perceptions and aspects of (im)migration during the Archaic, Classical, and Hellenistic periods, with a special (but not exclusive) focus on the role democracies played in the lives of (im)migrants and how (im)migrants affected host communities. We welcome contributions that examine individuals or groups of people exiting and entering communities governed by any form of democratic or participatory constitution within the Greek world and its periphery.
The displacement in question can be either voluntary, forced, individual, or group, such as the sophists, wealthy non-citizens, or ostracised politicians in Classical Athens, the settlers in newly created Messene, citizens of member states moving between communities belonging to federations (Koina), individuals exercising the right of isopoliteia or enktēsis, and so on.
The volume aims at fomenting discussions exploring two main themes: a) how 'democratic' ancient democracies were and how they perceived different forms of (im)migration, and b) which similarities, differences, and/or references the ancient world can still suggest to the modern world. Our chief aim is to explore how ancient perceptions of (im)migration by democracies can help us reflect on analogous contemporary phenomena, that is, democracies and (im)migrants.
We expect this volume to be the first part of a bigger project. Our overarching goal is to co-examine ancient and modern (im)migration to highlight strategies and perceptions of individuals, groups, and political authorities on the topic. A second Call for Papers will gather contributions from scholars aiming to draw comparisons or articulate case studies of similar incidents in the ancient world and more recent eras to frame (im)migration within a long historical context. The two volumes will be published by Isegoria Publishing Open Access, digitally, with a Print-on-Demand option.
We invite authors to define and use terms they best apply to their cases. We are looking for papers examining temporary or permanent displacement, how democratic institutions viewed the phenomenon and treated (im)migrating groups and individuals, and how these newcomers viewed their situation and affected their host communities. Chief issues to be discussed can be summarised (not exclusively) as how ancient forms of democracy and displaced individuals or groups of people viewed the following:
Indicative research questions and inter-disciplinary approaches are welcome and can appreciate the following (again, not exclusively):
For reasons of wider dissemination and accessibility:
If you are interested in this project, please submit an abstract in English (c. 1,000-1,500 words), along with a short list of references (5-10, which do not count towards the word limit). The deadline for submission is July 17, 2022, and authors will be notified by August 15. Contributors will have four months to submit their manuscript (December 15, 2022) for external review. Authors can expect their manuscript back by March 18, 2023, and will have one month for final refinements and submission.
The editors and publishers look forward to receiving proposals at firstname.lastname@example.org by July 17. We wish you all the best and let us hope 2022 will be the last Year of the Virus. Stay safe.
Basel Alshekh Ali, Travel, 2019, 50 x 40 cm., acrylics on canvas. Private collection.
©Basel Alshekh Ali; photo courtesy: LES ÉCARTÉS (https://www.les-ecartes.org.gr/)
Associate Professor of Classics in the Department of Classics at the University of São Paulo, Brazil.
Lecturer in Classics at the Institute for the History of Ancient Civilizations (IHAC), Northeast Normal University, Changchun, PRC.
Karl Loewenstein Fellow and Visiting Lecturer in Political Science at Amherst College, Amherst MA, USA.