International Workshop

Climate and Migration:

Historical and Present Perspectives

Time and Place: 3–4 June 2024, Department of Geography, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic

Call for abstracts: 18 February 2024

Acceptance decision: 15 March 2024

The invitation for this workshop can be found here.

Written records, early instrumental observations or various artefacts represent a significant potential to study past mobility from a climate perspective. Given current concerns over climate change, disasters, and migration, the theme of the meeting is highly topical. Although research into the present impacts of global warming and extreme weather on mobility and immobility has accelerated, the history of climate and migration has received comparatively little scholarly attention.

This meeting aims to initiate new research activities on mobility and climate, share viewpoints and experience, support new international collaborations among researchers, and define research goals. In addition, the meeting will plan the working group’s next activities and publications.

The organisers invite contributions in all of the following topics:

  • Influences of past climate variability and extreme weather events on human migration;
  • Impacts of climate variability on transport;
  • Climate and colonialism;
  • Different spatial and temporal scales of climate, migration, and mobility;
  • Methodological challenges and innovations in the study of climate and migration;
  • Climate change, ecosystems, diseases and migration

The conference is directed at researchers in all career stages, including those with backgrounds in history, archaeology, climate science, and related disciplines. We also encourage museum practitioners, climate communicators, and societal stakeholders with an interest in past climate and migration to apply.

Participation is free of charge. Limited travel grants will be available for early career researchers and from low- and middle-income countries. Online sessions are planned for all participants who cannot attend in person.

The meeting is hosted jointly by the Department of Geography (Faculty of Science, Masaryk University) and the CRIAS group (Climate Reconstruction and Impacts from the Archives of Societies) of the PAGES (Past Global Changes) network. The workshop is organized under the auspices of the Czech Geographical Society.

Submission of abstracts:

Please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words, a short CV (max. 1 page), and an indication of whether you require travel support by 18 February 2024.

Abstract submission


Dr Lukáš Dolák (Masaryk University)
Prof Sam White (University of Helsinki)
Prof Dr Heli Huhtamaa (University of Bern)
Dr Qing Pei (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)

The workshop is financially supported by PAGES.

More information can be found on the PAGES calendar.


Department of Geography, Faculty of Science, Masaryk University
Kotlarska 267/2
611 37 Brno
Czech Republic

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We would also like to draw your attention to the conference "Climate of the past and societal responses to environmental changes" taking place 5-8 June 2024 at the University of Bern, Switzerland. There is a very convenient train connection between the venues of both conferences, allowing for effortless participation in both events.

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