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Elisa Camiscioli
SUNY Research Foundation, Binghamton (Binghamton, NY 13902-4400)

Summer Stipends
Research Programs

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$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/10/2019 – 7/9/2019

Trafficking, Travel, and Illicit Migration in Early Twentieth-Century France and the Americas

Research and writing leading to publication of a book on the history of trafficking between France and the Americas in the early 20th century.

This project investigates early 20th-century debates on trafficking through the lens of migration history, and how women’s mobility raised key questions about the distinction between free movement and unauthorized migrations. The “traffic in women” generated copious documentation on such themes as border policing, passport controls, immigration law, deportation, and repatriation. In addition, letters written by ostensibly trafficked women, their families, and members of criminal networks reveal the lived experience of these migrations. Focusing primarily on the transatlantic route between France and the Americas, the project situates both the discourse and experience of trafficking within a longer history of free and unfree labor, sex work, mobility, and globalization.