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Title: A new French e-journal: Actes de l'Histoire de l'Immigration
Publication info: Ann Arbor, MI: MPublishing, University of Michigan Library
November 2000

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Source: A new French e-journal: Actes de l'Histoire de l'Immigration

vol. 3, no. 3, November 2000
Article Type: Notice

A new French e-journal: Actes de l'Histoire de l'Immigration


From Philippe Rygiel, member of the JAHC World Languages Editorial Board:

From: (Philippe Rygiel) We wish to announce the birth of a new online review . Actes de l'Histoire de l'Immigration-Call for paper Migrants and Institutions

The following university professors and researchers specializing in Immigration History are preparing the first issue of the Actes de l'histoire de l'immigration, an on line academic journal:

  • Gerard Noiriel, Ecole normale superieure
  • Philippe Rygiel, Universite de Paris I;
  • Eric Guichard, Ecole normale superieure
  • Marie-Claude Blanc-Chaleard, Universite de Paris I; Janine Ponty, Université de Besancon, Honn.
  • Nicole Fouche, EHESS
  • Michael G. Esch, Dusseldorf University
  • Mary Lewis,International Center for Advanced Studies, New York University
  • Alexis Spirre, Nantes University
  • Claire Zalc, ENS Paris
  • Anne Sophie, Bruno Ens, Paris

First Issue: Immigrants and Institutions

Goals and objectives

In societies, immigrants are confronted in the host country, on the one hand with individuals (personnal relations) and in the other, with institutions (and their representatives) : i; e. schools, the police, religious institutions, unions, political parties, social welfare departments, the army. Based on historiographical studies in France, it is generally agreed that in the past, these organizations have been a strong force in terms of an individualís acculturation and socialization. These assertions were not settled on empirical grounds. So, today we are posing the following questions : has really the immigrant and his/her contact with these institutions modified cultural and social practices ? what was their role and effect in term of integration and inclusion into the host country ? Can it be said that immigration cannot be viewed without a consideration of the role that these institutions played ?

We think that these questions are pertinent even if the answer is different to other countries (i. e. United States, Argentina, Canada and European countries). While our ultimate goal is to practice comparative perspective, we would also welcome case national studies

We would be honoured to receive proposal (2000-5000 letters), in French, English or German. We would welcome historiographical studies. Proposals can be mailed to or Il this topic falls outside of your area of expertise, we would appreciate it if you could give us the name of scholars who might be interested in participating in this program.

Call for Submissions

Actes de l'Histoire de l'immigration/an online refereed journal; Call for contributions

Hoping to explore the potential of electronic publishing and to offer the historical community a space for the exchange of ideas, resources and information, a team of historians established the Web site Clio ( in 1997. Today, this site offers a wide variety of resources to professional historians, teachers, and those interested in twentieth-century social history. These resources include bibliographies, articles, book reviews, documents, and several thousand maps brought together to form an atlas.

The response this site has received - there are over 500 hits per day - proves that our endeavor responds to a need. It also stimulates us to extend our initiative, by transforming the site into a place for reflection, publications, and information available to all. >From now on, the Clio site will therefore host a scholarly online journal devoted to the history of immigration, entitled Les Actes de l'Histoire de l'Immigration.

This journal's mission is to fill a vacuum, as there is no online journal devoted to this field, despite the fact that it is a particularly dynamic one. We also hope that it will foster exchanges between academic researchers and secondary school teachers. The journal will also serve as a laboratory promoting the diffusion of scientific knowledge, writing and publication, by exploiting the resources offered by new information technology and thereby transcending, we hope, the limits we currently encounter during our research activities (problems regarding access to information, slow publication, and difficulties in publishing detailed or lengthy annexes in support of a text, to name just a few examples). This call for contributions manifests our wish to open and extend our activities. It is addressed to all those - whether students, scholars, teachers, or amateur historians- who have made research on the history of immigration a passion or a career.

If you fit this description, you no doubt have items that would be useful to all those who share your interests and that you would like to see published in a reasonable amount of time by an academic journal with an editorial board comprised of scholars in the field. The journal's online format can accommodate your documents (statistical data, maps, interview transcripts, archival dossiers, bibliographies, teaching tools), announcements (of conferences and publications), texts (articles, research reports, descriptions of pedagogical experiments, transcripts of debates or seminars, working papers), and other information that is either difficult to publish in traditional journals or impossible to publish at all because it uses sources (video, sound) that cannot be accommodated by a paper format.

If you would like to place these items at the public's disposal and thereby facilitate the circulation of information in the historical community, we invite you to send these documents to the Editorial Board of the Actes de l'Histoire de l'immigration.


N.B. Please transmit your items in one of the following formats: HTML, ascii or RTF if texts, jpeg or gif if images. The working languages are English, German and French. The editorial board reserves the right to refuse any text whose scholarly content does not satisfy the requirements of the journal.