Welcome to Britain? Refugees, Then and Now, in memory of Eleanor Rathbone, 1872-1946, the ‘MP for Refugees’
1st CALL FOR PAPERS
FOR AN ALL-DAY CONFERENCE TO BE HELD ON WORLD REFUGEE DAY,
MONDAY 20 JUNE 2016
King’s College, London. Strand Campus
Courtesy of The Institute of Contemporary British History
Organised by the ‘Remembering Eleanor Rathbone Group’ in conjunction with The Refugee Council, Refugee Week/Counterpoint Arts, The Parkes Institute at the University of Southampton, The Weiner Library, JCORE, CARA and the Institute of Contemporary British History at King's College, London.
CALL FOR PAPERS
THE MORNING SESSION WILL BE DEVOTED TO PAPERS WITH AN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE
THE AFTERNOON SESSION WILL BE DEVOTED TO PAPERS EXAMINING CONTEMPORARY ISSUES
A) 'Welcome to Britain? ' The public perception of refugees 1930s and 40's / 2016
How welcoming were we / are we as a nation ?
The distinction made between 'deserving' versus 'non-deserving' refugees
What was done to welcome refugees, and not only Kinder, and what is being done now to welcome refugees
The legacy of previous waves of Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe at the turn of the 20th century?
Negative versus positive perceptions, and what immigrants have to offer
B) Humanitarian versus political concerns
The moral imperative and preserving the status quo...Responding to the arguments
'we have enough foreigners here, they may undermine security, we can't afford to help, pressures on public services.’
‘Letting in more refugees does not solve the problem.... winning the war was the “solution” in the 1930's, 40's. The argument now is that letting in more refugees encourages more people smugglers.
C) The power of propaganda, then and now, in influencing public attitudes
D) Could Britain have done more (past) and could Britain do more (present)
‘We have done enough/ more than other countries’
Submissions should be no more than 200 words
The deadline for these is 28 February 2016.
For enquiries and submissions please contact the organisers:
Dr Susan Cohen [log in to unmask] or Ms Lesley Urbach [log in to unmask]
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