‘Today, no one thinks of Britain as a land of camps. Instead, camps seem to happen “elsewhere,” from Greece to Palestine to the global South. Yet from the 1930s to the 1980s, dozens of refugee camps in Britain housed tens of thousands of Jews, Basques, Poles, Hungarians, Anglo-Egyptians, Ugandan Asians, and Vietnamese. Within these camps, refugees shared space with Britons who had been displaced by war and poverty, generating unique intimacies and frictions.’
In this talk The Jordanna Bailkin will explore how Britain’s refugee camps have shaped the multicultural present, illuminating the closeness of individuals who have traditionally been kept separate – “citizens” and “migrants,” – but also refugee populations from diverse countries and conflicts. As the world’s refugee crisis once again brings to Europe the challenge of mass encampment, Bailkin offers warnings from a liberal democracy’s recent past.
Jordanna is the Jere L. Bacharach Endowed Professor in International Studies and Professor of History at the University of Washington, where she teaches British, European and imperial history. She is the author of The Culture of Property (2004), The Afterlife of Empire (2012), and Unsettled (2018).
Jordanna has also published articles on archives and decolonization, interracial murder in South Asia, and radio in decolonizing Africa. Currently, she is working on a new project about emotion and the welfare state.
This talk will be presented on Microsoft Teams.
Free. The talk will last approximately 30-40 minutes, followed by a 15 minute Q&A.
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