Conferenza / Incontro

Mobile Lives

Itinerant and Street Trades and the Informal Economy in Global Historical Perspective
13 giugno 2024
14 giugno 2024
Orario di inizio 
Palazzo di Sociologia - Via Verdi 26, Trento
Sala Riunioni 2° piano
Comunità universitaria
Ingresso libero


Rosa Miriam Salzberg, Università di Trento 
Umberto Cecchinato, Università di Trento
Massimo Rospocher, Istituto storico italo-germanico, Trento


Ritajyoti Bandyopadhyay, IISER Mohali
Alison Brown, Cardiff University
Melissa Calaresu, University of Cambridge
Oscar Cox Jensen, Newcastle University
Lea Leboissetier, Ecole Normale Sup´erieure de Lyon
Achille Marotta, Università di Bologna
Thibaut Maus de Rolley, University College London (UCL)
Alessia Meneghin, Università di Siena
Anne Montenach, Aix-Marseille University
Evrim Hikmet Öğüt, Mimar Sinan University
Marjolein Schepers, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Ilaria Serra, Florida Atlantic University
Charlie Taverner, Trinity College
Danielle Van den Heuvel, University of Amsterdam
Sigrid Wadauer, University of Vienna
Marie Yasunaga, University of Amsterdam

Selling goods, services, and experiences on the streets of cities or from town to town has been a common activity for migrants in many parts of the world throughout history, as it still is today. The mobility and social marginality of many itinerant and street vendors, however, has meant that they have often been neglected by historians, when in fact they should be considered as central to the economic, social, and cultural history of many cities and regions. This conference investigates the nexus between peddling and informal street trading and a series of interconnected issues (migration, the uses of urban space, the informal economy, urban mobility, cross-cultural encounters) across the longue durée and in a global perspective. It aims to consider questions including the connections between itinerant trades and migration; how the phenomenon of itinerant selling has changed across the centuries and differed between different regions; how this largely informal economy interacted with the licit economy; what kinds of spaces street and itinerant traders have occupied in and between cities; how they have been regulated by local or national authorities; and how we can study these trades in the past given the limits of documentary and visual sources.

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