‘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…

Blog Post: Corsica’s Russian Refugees

In late-April 1921, a group of almost 3,000 refugees boarded the steamer ‘Rion’ in Constantinople. These people were, for the most part, former soldiers of the White Russian Armies, along with their wives and children. Having fled their homeland after their defeat in the Russian Civil War, they were now trying to make their way…

Event: Monday 8 October 2018, Manchester: People of Nowhere

One important aspect of the partnership between Reckoning with Refugeedom and ArtReach http://artreach.biz/ is a series of contributions to Journeys Festival International, in Leicester, Manchester and Portsmouth, enabling us to disseminate the results of our research and to engage with new audiences. In Manchester we combined with students in the Drama Department at the University…

Event: Tuesday 21 August 2018, University of Leicester: Shedding light on historical stories of displacement and forced migration

Peter Gatrell and Kasia Nowak will discuss their new research project into the history of “refugeedom” (1919-1975) on Tuesday 21st August as part of positive community festival During Leicester’s 2018 Journeys Festival international, where the creative talents of exceptional refugee and asylum seeker artists are celebrated, the University of Leicester’s DICE unit is hosting an…