|22 Mar 2004 - 23 Mar 2004||All day||CRASSH|
The British Academy, London
Conference sponsored by CRASSH (University of Cambridge)
David Feldman (CRASSH and Birkbeck College, London)
Refugees are a growing presence in the contemporary world. The number of refugees has almost tripled over less than two decades, from 8.5 million in 1985 to 21 million in 2000. As well as being an urgent contemporary concern, refugees and the agencies created to assist or control them have histories. In the twentieth century, two world wars and the settlements which followed them have produced large refugee movements. Since 1945 decolonization and nation-building, poverty, war and environmental crises have produced further massive refugee flows in the third world.
This conference will generate exchange between historical and contemporary perspectives on refugee movements and the institutions which responded to them. It will also bring together historians, social scientists and legal scholars and will encourage discussion across disciplinary boundaries. Speakers will include Aristide Zolberg, B.S. Chimni, Tony Kushner, Joya Chatterji, Liza Schuster, Gil Loescher