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The Kindertransport 80 Years On: Critical Approaches to Kindertransport Research and Historiography
Date: 23-24 January 2019
Venue: UCL Institute of Advanced Studies, London, UK

The 80th anniversary of the scheme that permitted over 10,000 unaccompanied, mostly Jewish, children to enter the UK in 1938-39 seems a fitting time to approach a new, critical assessment of the Kindertransport and its origins, rationales, enactment and outcomes. This interdisciplinary conference welcomes papers that examine the Kindertransport with critical scholarly rigor, exploring less well-known aspects of the scheme as well as fresh perspectives on the more familiar Kindertransport themes. Presentations are anticipated to be 20-25 minutes grouped into panels, with questions to follow each segment. Participants will be invited to submit their papers after the symposium for a collected edition on the Critical Approaches to Kindertransport Research, Historiography and Representation.

This conference is being organised by Professor Michael Berkowitz, Dr. Jennifer Craig-Norton, Anita Grosz, Dr. Andrea Hammel and Lesley Urbach. We are inviting contributions from a variety of academic disciplines. Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Critical Approaches to Kindertransport research, historiography, and representation
  • Individuals and refugee organisations
  • Kindertransport carers — their motivations and roles
  • The parents — their perspectives, feelings and fates
  • Issues of gender, age and identity
  • Memory, representation and testimony
  • The challenges of Kindertransport archival research
  • Language, education, work and cultural adaptation
  • Individual communities and the Kindertransport
  • Kindertransport sub-groups i.e. national, religious, Youth Aliyah, etc.
  • The Kindertransport and religion
  • Evacuation and the Kindertransport
  • Kindertransport and the media, film and literature
  • Journey narratives
  • Artistic representations, memory and material objects
  • Kindertransport memorials and museum representation
  • Comparative studies with other countries

Abstracts (250 words) and a short biography (100 words), in digital form, should be sent to: by 15 September 2018.

CFP – The Kindertransport 80 Years On: Critical Approaches to Kindertransport Research and Historiography