This is a call for papers in connection with the upcoming international conference, “The Long Reach of World War II: Forced Migration in a Global Perspective, 1939-1951.” The conference will be held at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto on 11 and 12 October 2013. We seek contributions on the area of forced migration in the Asian subcontinent during the period of Partition. Accepted submissions will be allotted approximately 25 minutes for presentation during the conference.
We are interested in papers that examine forced migration in the context of Indian partition. Papers that examine the relationship between violence and migration, on the one hand, and nationalism, border-drawing and nation-state building, on the other, are particularly welcome.
World War II involved migration on an unprecedented scale: Poles fleeing both east and west in the face of advancing German and Soviet armies, Stalin’s mass deportation of ethnic Germans, and the expulsion and murder of the Jews. But such migration did not end in 1945; on the contrary, it increased and became global. Borders were redrawn within Europe and beyond as colonial regimes withdrew and new states were born. The direct result of these developments was the flight or expulsion of individuals on a previously unimaginable scale.
The conference will explore the processes of flight and expulsion; the underlying political and ideological motives; structural and contingent causes; and perpetrators and victims. It will analyze the political consequences and interdependencies of these mass, forced migrations from a global perspective. We will blend in the construction of collective identities and ideologies of ethnic homogeneity as well as individual experiences of the victims, adaptations to changing cultural circumstances, and aspects of commemoration. Our focus will be on the postwar dynamic processes of expulsion tied to shifting borders and the creation of nation-states.
The Joint Initiative in Germany and European Studies (University of Toronto) and the Institute of Contemporary History Munich-Berlin (Institut für Zeitgeschichte München-Berlin) are the organizers.
Please e-mail an abstract and CV to Joseph Hawker at j.hawker[at]utoronto.ca by June 10, 2013.
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