Just published: “Communities under Fire” by Alex Dowdall

We are delighted to announce that the book Communities under Fire. Urban Life at the Western Front, 1914-1918 by our team member, Alex Dowdall, has just been published by Oxford University Press. The book is available in hardback and as an e-book. This book Provides the first comprehensive study of civilian experiences at the Western…

‘We die, while our brave and generous defenders define, in their sumptuous palaces, the exact meaning of the word refugee’: Ivan Nagivin’s Letters to the League of Nations

Ivan Nagivine (alternately Nagivin or Nazhivin) was a Russian author and refugee displaced to France and Belgium after the Russian Revolution. A prolific writer, his numerous works included a 1,500 page novel on the life of Grigori Rasputin, and an account of Russia’s First World War, Revolution, and Civil War from the perspective of a…

Katarzyna Nowak wins BASEES 2020 Postgraduate Prize

We are delighted to annouce that Katarzyna Nowak, Research Associate on the Reckoning with Refugeedom project, has won the prestigious BASEES 2020 Postgraduate Prize, for an article entitled ‘A Gloomy Carnival of Freedom. Sex, Gender and Emotions Among Polish Displaced Persons in the Aftermath of World War II’. The judging panel praised the article, writing…

‘The Unsettling of Europe’ gains international attention

“Migrants have stood at the heart of modern Europe’s experience, whether trying to escape danger, to find a better life or as a result of deliberate policy, whether moving from the countryside to the city, or between countries, or from outside the continent altogether.” We are delighted that Peter Gatrell’s newest book, The Unsettling of…

“Fragments”by Mei Yuk Wong

Responding to the archival material gathered for our project, artist Mei Yuk Wong created an exhibition engaging with the voices of refugees from the past. She used letters, newspaper cuttings, notes and pictures to create an installation which lets us glimpse into traces left by refugees and collected by historians to reconstruct their stories. Printed…