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Torsten Feys

Torsten Feys is a historian and since 2020 employed at Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) where he leads the research on the topic ‘Maritime Society & History’. He researches how tourism came to be considered as a primary need and uncovers its impact on modern society and coordinates research based on letters from the Prize Papers collection, in collaboration with historians and linguists from Flemish universities and colleagues from the international Prize Papers project. An EOS-project proposal on how prominent nineteenth century seaside resorts, such as Ostend, became part of a global world, is currently under review. This connects to his previous research (EUI & UGhent) analyzing how shipping companies, such as the Red Star Line, commercialized transatlantic migrant transport into big business. Especially how transport companies influence migration laws and both help enforcing and evading them. Torsten also coordinated the IMMIBEL project (VUB) on Belgian immigration patterns and policies (1830-1914). His research shows how expulsion practices and transport infrastructure are pillars of modern migration governance. The connections between tourism and migration as the former gained importance and surpassed the latter regarding international mobility is central in his current research. Learn more about VLIZ and VLIZ research and have a look at Torsten’s publications.



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