University of Pittsburgh
November 11, 2010

Pitt World History Center to Feature Leiden University Professor’s Lecture on Cross-Community Migration Nov. 17

This is the first in a series of live and online global seminar sessions in which viewers are invited to join and pose questions
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PITTSBURGH—The University of Pittsburgh World History Center will present a lecture by Leo Lucassen, a professor of social history at Leiden University, the Netherlands, titled “Mobility Transition Revisited, 1500-1900: What the Case of Europe Can Offer to Global History” at 2 p.m. Nov. 17, Room 3703 Posvar Hall, 230 S. Bouquet St., Oakland. 

The free public lecture will be broadcast online from 2 to 3:15 p.m. that afternoon, with a two-minute delay, at Viewers will be able to submit questions online during the session. Lucassen’s lecture also will be available online following the completion of the broadcast. 

A specialist in the fields of social, migration, and urban history, Lucassen has focused his research on the Roma and other itinerant groups. The lecture will address cross-community migration, adapting concepts from Pitt professor of history and director of the World History Center Patrick Manning’s argument that migrants moving over a cultural border are more likely to accelerate modernization. Lucassen considers six distinct forms of migration and also contrasts the regional variations of the Netherlands and Russia. 

Lucassen’s recent publications on the theme of global history include Migration History in World History: Multidisciplinary Approaches (Brill Publishers, 2010) and Paths of Integration: Migrants in Western Europe (1880-2004) (Amsterdam University Press, 2006). 

Lucassen earned a master’s degree in social and economic history from the University of Leiden and was granted a PhD from that university for his dissertation on the history of the Roma in the Netherlands from 1850 to 1940. He currently is cochair of social history at Leiden University, a position he has held since 2005. 

The event will be the World History Center’s inaugural presentation of a seminar broadcast worldwide. A reception will follow the lecture. For more information, visit