Scholarship on the scale, motivations and impact of local, regional, and long-distance mobility in the Roman World has increased significantly in the past decade. There has been a general tendency in the existing scholarship to lean towards a positive assessment of the interaction between the non-locals and the locals. This paper, however, wishes to zoom in on the issue of exclusion at the local level to contribute to the larger topic of mobility and inequality in the Roman World. The paper proposes to cover the following interconnected questions: What are the methodological challenges of studying exclusion? What kind of resistance might an immigrant or a resident alien encounter in his/her new place of residence? How might the immigrants/resident aliens' experiences have been unequalized by diverse factors including ethnicity, gender, economic and social status, and so on? To what extent were the various forms of integration in fact triggered by or responding to mechanisms of exclusion?
Liu, Jinyu, "Outsiders in Town: Mobility, Inequality, Integration, and Exclusion in the Roman West" presentation for the Spring 2022 Langford Conference, "Socio-Economic Inequalities of the Roman World" https://classics.fsu.edu/spring-2022-langford-conference?fbclid=IwAR3jj6LLW0Ok4pRx4CVNqhDaLVcg07IHkL-V1hS8Y4b4Y4ruQwO9krnTIl0