Keynote by Peter Gatrell: Learning by Doing. Reflections on Refugee History
Part of the First Annual International Seminar in Historical Refugee Studies
Tuesday, 12 October 2021, 6:30 CET via ZOOM
In his presentation, Peter Gatrell will discuss some of the conceptual and methodological issues which he encountered in writing refugee history, and how he has attempted to deal with them. He will connect these semi-autobiographical reflections with a discussion about what is at stake when refugees and institutional actors in the refugee regime „learn by doing“. These remarks are informed by his current research, which makes use of the extensive individual case files created by UNHCR between 1951 and 1975.
Peter Gatrell recently retired from the University of Manchester. His latest book, The Unsettling of Europe: the Great Migration, 1945 to the Present (Penguin Books and Basic Books, 2019), was awarded the Nanovic Institute’s „Laura Shannon Prize“ and Italy’s „Premio Cherasco“. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and led the AHRC-funded research project “Reckoning with refugeedom: refugee voices in modern history, 1919-1975”.
Peter Gatrell, University of Manchester and Fellow of the British Academy
Participants can register for the lecture via e-mail to “email@example.com” by Monday, 11 October, 2021. Participants will then receive the Zoom link.
The First Annual International Seminar in Historical Refugee Studies is organised by The University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE), the German Historical Institute in Washington (GHI) and the National History Center of the American Historical Association (NHC), in cooperation with the Interdisciplinary Center for Integration and Migration Research (InZentIM), the Institute for the Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) and the Centre for Global Cooperation Research (KHK/GCR21).
About the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI):
The Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) Essen, Germany, is an interdisciplinary research centre following the tradition of international Institutes for Advanced Study. In its role as an inter-university institution connecting the Ruhr-University Bochum, the Technological University Dortmund and the University of Duisburg-Essen, the institute works together with researchers and scientists from its neighbouring universities as well as other partners from the federal state NRW and places in- and outside of Germany. Within the Ruhr area, the KWI is a place to share and discuss the questions and results of ambitious research with interested parties from the city and the greater region. Currently, work at the KWI focusses on the following areas: “cultural studies of science and science policy making”, “sociology of literature and culture”, “science communication”, and a “teaching lab”. Projects in the established research field “culture of communication”, as well as individual projects, will be continued. www.kulturwissenschaften.de
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