Vicki Squire – Crossing the Mediterranean Sea by Boat: Human Dignity and Biophysical Violence

  Event Date: 29 March 2017 Room B33 Birkbeck Main Building Birkbeck University of London Torrington Square London WC1E 7HX The Birkbeck Institute for Social Research presents: Dr Vicki Squire (Warwick) – Crossing the Mediterranean Sea by Boat: Human Dignity and Biophysical Violence People on the move are often viewed with fear and suspicion on the part of ‘host’ communities. …

Placeless People: What can History tell us about today’s Refugee Crises?

Event Date: 20 June 2016 Council Room Birkbeck Main Building Birkbeck, University of London Malet Street London WC1E 7HX The Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism  in association with the University of East Anglia presents: Placeless People: What can History tell us about today’s Refugee Crises? The aim of the workshop is to bring together experts in a range …

Precarious Citizenship: Young People Who are Undocumented, Separated and Settled in the UK

  Event Date: 1 June 2016 Room B01 Clore Management Building Birkbeck, University of London Torrington Square London WC1E 7JL The Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities in association with the Migrant and Refugee Children’s Legal Unit (MiCLU) presents: Precarious Citizenship: Young People Who are Undocumented, Separated and Settled in the UK A one-day conference for academics, practitioners and activists interested …

Refugees and Migrants in Europe – now and then: Twentieth and twenty-first century perspectives

Event Date: 20 January 2016 Horton Building, Lecture Theatre 2 Royal Holloway University of London Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX Royal Holloway University of London Department of History presents: French-Spanish border, February 1939 Refugees and Migrants in Europe – now and then: Twentieth and twenty-first century perspectives Macedonia, near border with Greece, August 2015 The Royal Holloway History Department invites you …

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Europe’s Migrant Crisis and the Populist Right

            Event Date: 23 November 2015 Wolfson Suite, Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU The Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism  in collaboration with the Department of Politics, Birkbeck, University of London presents: Europe’s Migrant Crisis and the Populist Right The UK Independence Party, Danish People’s Party and French …

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Dan Stone – Assessing Holocaust Survivors: Jewish DPs and the International Refugee Organisation in the Early Cold War

This talk looks at the ways in which the International Refugee Organisation (the forerunner to UNHCR) assessed Displaced Persons for assistance with relocation to new countries in the late 1940s. Where today we might see Holocaust survivors clearly in need of help, at the time of the early Cold War the IRO’s assessors were just as likely to see ‘economic migrants’ and feared that assisting these refugees would mean importing a potential communist threat.

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The Forty Years’ Crisis: Refugees in Europe, 1919-1959 – conference page

Department of History, Classics and Archaeology Event Date: 14-16 September 2010, Birkbeck, University of London The Forty Years’ Crisis: Refugees in Europe, 1919-1959 Organisers:Dr Jessica Reinisch (Birkbeck), Dr Matthew Frank (Leeds)  Conference email:fortyyearscrisis@googlemail.com Download the conference programme here When the United Nations launched the first ever ‘World Refugee Year’ in June 1959, it came at the end of a tumultuous …

Uditi Sen – The Nation and its Exclusions: The Repatriation of European Refugees from Independent India, 1947-49

        Royal Holloway University of London Department of History and The University of Leeds School of History Event Date: 9 and 10 September 2010  Royal Asiatic Society 14 Stephenson Way, London NW1 Uditi Sen – The Nation and its Exclusions: The Repatriation of European Refugees from Independent India, 1947-49 The transition from subjects of the British Empire …

Uditi Sen – Rehabilitation’s Residue: Recasting Refugee Women as ‘Permanent Liabilities’

Uditi Sen, University of Cambridge Rehabilitation’s Residue: Recasting Refugee Women as ‘Permanent Liabilities’ This paper explores the position of refugee women within the regime of refugee rehabilitation in post-colonial India. In order to rehabilitate or restore to normalcy millions of partition refugees, the independent Indian state was forced to articulate its vision of a normative social order. The anxiety caused …