Conference: Approaching the History of Internment: Reconsiderations of Wartime Britain and Beyond: Retrospective & contemporary examinations - London
MARCH 16-18, 2020

16th–18th March – Conference: Approaching the History of Internment: Reconsiderations of Wartime Britain and Beyond: Retrospective and contemporary examinations

The Network is one of the organisations involved in organising this three-day conference on internment to mark 80 years since enemy aliens, including refugees from Nazi-Germany and Austria, began to be interned after the start of World War II. The conference will examine the policy of mass internment, introduced in the United Kingdom in May 1940, and the exceptional debate that was held in the House of Commons on 10 July 1940. The aim is to reflect on the policy and impact of the mass internment of enemy aliens during the World War II, to examine contemporary policies and detention in the UK in the twenty-first century, and to look beyond these specific cases at other examples of internment—illuminated in historical and comparative contexts. The invited keynote speakers, to be confirmed, include Emeritus Professor Bernard Wasserstein, University of Chicago, and Tine Destrooper, Ghent University.

On 16th March there will be an evening event at the Wiener Library when the journalist Robin Lustig will interview a member of the First Generation who was interned and a member of the Second Generation whose father was interned. Booking details will follow shortly or you can email: internmentconference2020@gmail.com

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