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The Long Reach of World War II: Forced Migration in a Global Perspective, 1939-1951

The Long Reach of World War II: Forced Migration in a Global Perspective, 1939-1951
1 Devonshire Place, North House, rm 208
Time: Oct 11th, 9:00 am End: Oct 12th, 5:00 pm
Interest Categories: Spanish & Portuguese (FAS), South Asian, Slavic Studies (FAS), Political Science, Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations (FAS), Jewish Studies, Italian Studies (FAS), Human Geography (UTSC), History (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC), German (FAS), Geography & Planning (FAS), French and Linguistics (UTSC), French (FAS), Diaspora/Transnational, 1950-2000
Conference featuring panels on migrations in Israel/Palestine, Europe during and after WWII, and Indian partition.

The Long Reach of World War II: Forced Migration in a Global Perspective, 1939-1951

World War II involved migration on an unprecedented scale: Poles fleeing both east and west in the face of advancing German and Soviet armies, Stalin’s mass deportation of ethnic Germans, and the expulsion and murder of the Jews. But such migration did not end in 1945; on the contrary, it increased and became global. Borders were redrawn within Europe and beyond as colonial regimes withdrew and new states were born. The direct result of these developments was the flight or expulsion of individuals on a previously unimaginable scale.

The conference will explore the processes of flight and expulsion; the underlying political and ideological motives; structural and contingent causes; and perpetrators and victims. It will analyze the political consequences and interdependencies of these mass, forced migrations from a global perspective. We will blend in the construction of collective identities and ideologies of ethnic homogeneity as well as individual experiences of the victims, adaptations to changing cultural circumstances, and aspects of commemoration. Our focus will be on the postwar dynamic processes of expulsion tied to shifting borders and the creation of nation-states.

Download final program [pdf]

For further information about this event, please contact j.hawker@utoronto.ca.  This event is open to University of Toronto faculty members and graduate students only. Registration is not required.

This event is sponsored by

  • The Munk School for Global Affairs
  • The Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies
  • Institut für Zeitgeschichte München-Berlin/Institute for Contemporary History Munich-Berlin

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