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Torsten Feys

Postdoctoral researcher, History


Torsten Feys currently works as a postdoctoral fellow on a Brain research project, IMMIBEL which analyses migration patterns and policies in Belgium (1830-1914). His research centers on expulsion practices, transport infrastructure and migration governance. He obtained a PhD in History (2008) at the European University Institute and the dissertation was published with the title The battle for the Migrants: The Introduction of Steamships on the North-Atlantic and its Impact on the European Exodus. He subsequently worked as a freelance researcher for the Red Star Line Museum and on a public history project 30 jaar OVAM in historisch perspectief. From 2011-2017 he obtained a FWO postdoctoral research grant analyzing the commercialization of migrant transport and focusing on the enactment, enforcement and evasion of migration laws. His expertise is in the following fields: Migration History, Transport Studies, Maritime History, Police systems and practices.



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Vrije Universiteit Brussel
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