Dr Benjamin Thomas White
Dr White teaches history at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, where he is also a member of the Glasgow Refugee, Asylum, and Migration Network (GRAMNet). He is the 2017 Visiting Fellow at the European Union Centre on Shared Complex Challenges at the University of Melbourne. A Middle East historian by background, he now teaches the history of refugees in the world since the nineteenth century and is researching the history of the refugee camp.
Public seminar, "Grudging Rescue: the history of humanitarian evacuations". Register here.
Tuesday 22 August, 6:00-7:30pm
Arts West, room 553 - North wing, University of Melbourne, Parkville campus
Public lecture, "Refugees in Syria, Syrian refugees: then and now". Register here.
Thursday 24 August, 6:00-7:00pm
Arts West, room 353, Interactive Cinema Space, University of Melbourne, Parkville campus
Dr Alexandra Dellios appointed to five-year lectureship at the Australian National University
Research associate Dr Alexandra Dellios commenced a five-year lectureship in Heritage Studies at the Australian National University in July. Dr Dellios has worked on the ARC Laureate Fellowship on the history of child refugees for two and a half years, providing invaluable research and administrative assistance.
In 2015 Alex completed her PhD under the supervision of Professor Joy Damousi. Since then, she has published on child migration, popular representations of multiculturalism, immigration centres and hostels, and public history and heritage in Australia. While at the ANU, Alex will pursue her current project, 'Making Migrant Heritage', which is interested in the public history practices of grassroots community groups with a migrant background - and how they approach, interpret and redefine 'institutional' or official definitions of 'heritage' in the process of making their migration stories more public.
Global Histories of Refugees in the 20th and 21st Centuries Conference
The University of Melbourne
Thursday 6 October - Saturday 8 October 2016
The plight of refugees has become the global issue of our times. The United Nations has estimated that over 59 million people worldwide are displaced as a result of conflict and persecution, the highest number since the 1990s. In most recent events, an estimated 9 million Syrians have fled their homes since the outbreak of civil war in 2011. Throughout the twentieth century and now into the early decades of the twenty-first century, involuntary displacement of peoples has become a defining feature of the modern era.
This international conference seeks to explore all aspects of the history of the past and present plight of refugees. It aims to address a broad range of questions relating to this history such as: What has defined different refugee crises at different times in history? What has been the magnitude of the refugee crisis and how can we explain its scale? How have governments, humanitarian aid agencies, philanthropic and other organizations responded to refugee crises in modern times? What have they learnt from past campaigns? How have refugees experienced displacement? How has the refugee experience changed over time?
The conference will focus on the following topics, among others:
- History of particular refugee groups over time
- Child refugees and their experiences
- Gender issues relating to refugees
- Violence and refugees
- Public policy relating to refugees
- Photographic and visual material of refugees
- Memory, trauma and the refugee experience
- Humanitarianism and refugees
- Digital media and refugee histories
- Government responses to refugee crises
- Economic histories of refugees
- Refugees and their narratives
Public lectures (audio files)
8 October 2016
Professor Peter Gatrell from the University of Manchester (UK) presents a one hour lecture on the making of the modern refugee. Listen on Echo360.
24 March 2015
Professor Joy Damousi presents, 'Child Refugees and Australian Internationalism: Past, Present, Future' as part of the Australia in the World Lecture & Seminar Series. Listen on SoundCloud.