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Sara Cosemans

Sara Cosemans, PhD candidate of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) at KU Leuven (Belgium). She studied history at KU Leuven and obtained a dual degree in International and World history at Columbia University and the London School of Economics. Her research interests include migration and refugee history, and more generally freedom of movement as a concept in international law.


Previously, she worked and published on Indian migration to Belgium, particularly on Sikhs in the agricultural Limburg province. Currently, her project ‘The Internationalization of the Refugee Problem’ focuses on the interaction between the international refugee organization UNHCR, countries of refugees’ origin (with a particular attention for Uganda, Chile and Vietnam), countries of first asylum and countries of resettlement in the 1970s.


As an international historian, Sara is furthermore interested in finding digital solutions to the challenge of dealing with large quantities of (diplomatic) archival sources. Her latest article ‘Topic Modelling on Archive Documents from the 1970s: Global Policies on Refugees’ develops a methodology of augmented intelligence for archival typewritten material.

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