Science and labour migration in 19th century Hawaii
In the 19th century, Hawaii experienced a wave of labour migration that included international migrants. Wilhelm Hillebrand was a German medic and botanist who served as an immigration commissioner and played a significant role in the migration process that included bodies, plants, animals, medicines and techniques. The EU-funded MIGKNOW project will explore the intersecting, transnational knowledge network used by Hillebrand during his operations as an immigration commissioner. The project will combine the study of colonial migration and knowledge during the period to examine how transnational scientific actors obtained knowledge and expertise and whether colonial migration was associated with science. It will research the role of 19th century scientific networks in plantation-based labour migration systems and Hillebrand’s legacy.
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