CFP: Welcome to Britain? Refugees, Then and Now, in memory of Eleanor Rathbone, 1872-1946 the ‘MP for Refugees.’, 20 June 2016, King’s College London, Strand Campus

Refugee Conference 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

Sub headings:

  • 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

Sub headings:

  • 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 drsusancohen@gmail.com or Ms Lesley Urbach lcurbach@aol.com

www.rememberingeleanorrathbone.wordpress.com

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