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The Voices of British Child Migrants (working title)

The project The Voices of British Child Migrants analyses children's voices in history using the example of the British child migrant schemes to Australia and Canada (1869-1967).

"Child migration schemes" describe a variety of government-supported charity programmes during the nineteenth and twentieth century, which brought socially disadvantaged children from the British Isles to the British settler colonies/Dominions to be trained as farm labourers and domestics.

Analysing how historians can attend to marginalized actors' voices, the project ties in with Subaltern Studies, Global History, and Childhood Studies. It aims at refining the analytical concept of "voices" and use it to analyse theexperiences of British child migrants. Rather than limiting the analysis to voices' narrative dimension, the project considers both the dimensions of narrative and sound/form of verbal and nonverbal voices. Besides, it analyses the contexts in which children's voices were and are heard, suppressed, and (mis)used.

Nature of the project:

DFG-funded project



Participating researchers:

Susanne Quitmann, MA (LMU)
Prof. Dr. Roland Wenzlhuemer (supervisor)