Friday 26 October 2018, 2-4-30pm
Research Lounge, Level 5, Arts West, North Wing, Building 148, The University of Melbourne
Refugee and asylum-seeking children and young people often feature in public discussion – particularly in the contexts of people’s treatment in detention by Australia, children and young people’s removal from their parents at the Border by the US, and the dangerous journeys children and young people are taking in seeking safety in Europe. In this workshop we will consider some of the histories of the current moment, as we endeavour to understand what brought us here, and what role universities (and those who work in them) can play in developing new discourses, practices, and policies.
The event is free to attend but RSVP is required, for catering purposes, to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 19 October.
The program and biographies of speakers can be viewed here.
Greg Dening Memorial Lecture 2017
Professor Joy Damousi presents: 'Out of common humanity'. Humanitarianism, compassion and efforts in Australia to assist Jewish refugees in the 1930s
Monday 9 October
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In June 1935, Edith Roll, a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl from Vienna, wrote to her Australian pen-pal Jean Doig, aged 10 from Colac, Victoria. The correspondence was short-lived as Edith and her family were swept up in the violence of the Holocaust. Though Jean’s parents, Keith and Louise Doig, helped the Roll family apply to migrate to Australia, these efforts tragically failed.
Why should the attempt of one family in an Australian country town to assist another in Europe be considered of broader relevance to the monumental events of the mid-twentieth century?
Unsuccessful efforts to evacuate refugees are cursorily dismissed. A different focus, however, would direct our attention to the motivations of people to act who were not otherwise politically engaged. We miss an opportunity to return to the past - as Greg Dening put it - its own present. From this perspective, the Doig family efforts are part of the complex story of Australian migration history. If we choose not to tell these stories, we cannot fully chart how a history of compassion, and more broadly, humanitarianism can be written.
Public lectures (audio files)
22 August 2017
Visiting fellow Dr Benjamin Thomas White from the University of Glasgow (UK) presents a 90 minute public seminar on the history of humanitarian evacuations. Listen on Echo360.
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.
Global Histories of Refugees in the 20th and 21st Centuries Conference
The University of Melbourne
Thursday 6 October - Saturday 8 October 2016
Publications from this conference to follow.