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Marjolein Schepers is a researcher in migration history. Her research focuses on systems of inclusion and exclusion, social citizenship and migration infrastructures from the eighteenth century to the present. In October 2019 she started a  postdoctoral research fellowship of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) titled Just Passing Through? Urban Infrastructures of Transit Migration in the Low Countries, 1780-1870. She is currently affiliated with the Early Modern and Eighteenth Century Centre of the University of Warwick as IAS Fernandes Research Fellow, to collaborate with Beat Kumin, Rosa Salzberg and Felicita Tramontana on the subjects of 'Passanten' and transient migration infrastructures in the 18th-19th centuries.

She is specialised in migration history, as well as urban, rural and social history from the eighteenth century to the present more broadly; and has previously worked on topics as migration, settlement and belonging in the border regions of 18th-century Flanders and France; as well as the implementation of civic integration policy in 20th-century Flanders and the spaces of arrival for colonial and postcolonial migrants from Congo in Belgium, 1908-1990.

Education/Academic qualification

History, Joint PhD, Ghent University

Award Date: 31 May 2019

History, Joint PhD, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Award Date: 31 May 2019

History (Social History, International Relations and Postcolonial History), Bachelor, Erasmus University Rotterdam

Teaching in History and Social Sciences, Master of Education, Leiden University

History: Migration and Global Interdependence, Research Master, Leiden University

External positions

Visiting Research Fellow, Leiden University


IAS Fernandes 2020-21 Research Fellow, University of Warwick

2020 → …

Visiting PhD Research Fellow, University of Leicester

Jan 2018Apr 2018

Core Member, Denktank Minerva


PhD student (joint PhD), Ghent University

Jan 2015Apr 2019


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