CFP - Gender, the Refugee and Displacement (1900-1950)

Alon Lischinsky alischinsky at
Fri Mar 15 15:56:42 UTC 2013

(with apologies for cross-posting)

Gender, the Refugee and Displacement (1900-1950)
Newcastle University, Friday 5th July 2013

Professor Peter Gatrell (Manchester University)

Call For Papers: This interdisciplinary one-day symposium will
interrogate the links between gender and displacement from the turn of
the twentieth century, through both World Wars and into the post-war
period. Addressing a crucial gap in scholarship surrounding
displacement and gender within the critical canon of war studies, it
asks how gender influences or impacts displacement during this period
and how, in particular, men and women experience and represent
displacement differently?  It interrogates the historic association of
the refugee with the female, existing outside the symbolic order and
beyond the nation, particularly at times of war (Plain, 1994). It
addresses the embodied experience of displacement, such as the
tendency for refugees and Internally Displaced People to experience
rape, torture and physical violence as well as other forms of
emotional or physical hardship, as well as the representation of
displacement in literary, biographical and historical works with
relation to ideas around gender and empowerment. In particular, this
conference brings together academics working across the disciplines,
looking at the intersections between gender and displacement in a
range of discourses legal and historical, literary and political,
artistic and geographical in and around the early to mid-twentieth
century. It welcomes abstracts from across the humanities and social

Papers are invited on any aspect of gender and displacement during
this period, including but not exclusive to:

·         Male/female experiences of displacement;
·         Male/female descriptions or representations of displacement;
·         Childhood and displacement;
·         The politics of displacement/ power and displacement;
·         The experiences of IDPs and refugees;
·         Race and displacement;
·         Histories/geographies of displacement;
·         Theories of displacement;
·         The UN Convention on Refugees and the legal aspects of displacement.

Please send 300 word abstracts to Katherine Cooper
(Katherine.cooper at before 1st May 2013.

For more information see:

This conference is supported by a generous grant from Newcastle
University’s Gender Research Group.
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