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Fourth Annual Bucerius Lecture: Knowing Refugees, Historically Speaking
The title is a play on words designed to draw attention to the ways in which refugees came to be understood as a “problem” to be addressed (hence, “known”), but also to highlight how refugees grappled with their predicament and learned how to engage with institutional actors that operated within the dynamic refugee regime (hence, “knowing”). In a brief excursus, Peter Gatrell will talk about refugees who are unknown. As well as drawing upon the growing scholarship in refugee history, his remarks are also informed by ongoing research with the confidential individual case files held by UNHCR, Geneva, covering the period 1951 to 1975.

The Bucerius Lecture is part of an annual lecture and workshop program at the Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington, funded by the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius, one of the major German private foundations active in the field of migration and transformation studies.

Oct 18, 2021 11:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Peter Gatrell
Peter Gatrell recently retired from the University of Manchester. His publications include A Whole Empire Walking: Refugees in Russia during World War 1 (1999); Free World? The Campaign to Save the World’s Refugees, 1956-1963 (2011); and The Making of the Modern Refugee (2013). His latest book, The Unsettling of Europe: the Great Migration, 1945 to the Present, published by Penguin Books and Basic Books in 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”.
Stacy Fahrenthold
Stacy Fahrenthold is associate professor of history at the University of California Davis, specializing in migration; displacement; and diasporas from the modern Middle East. She is the author of a prize-winning book on Syrian diaspora politics during the First World War: Between the Ottomans and the Entente. Fahrenthold is currently at work on a new book on Syrian, Lebanese, and Palestinian textile workers in the Atlantic world as a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow.