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Internment Camps: The (Enforced) Placement and “Custody” of Refugees in the Past and the Present

2 December 2020, 19 h 00 min - 4 December 2020, 18 h 00 min CET


Annual Conference of the Austrian Association for Exile Research (öge) in cooperation with the Department for Contemporary History (University of Vienna) and the research network “Migration, Citizenship and Belonging” (Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Vienna).

The conference aims to facilitate an extensive engagement with the organized, state-led, and forced placement of refugees in both the past and present. The emphasis will be on a comparative perspective – synchronic as well as diachronic. One of the key aims of the conference is to make visible the parallels and differences between the practices and types of internment in different countries – while considering the specific historical contexts. Another important focus will be the nexus of relationships and agencies which constitute the camps in question as transitory spaces. The contributions consist of analyses of local phenomena or case studies as well as comparative engagements from an international or historical perspective.

The conference will start on December 2nd with a lecture from the French anthropologist Michel Agier (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris). The two following days consist of seven panels and one book presentation.

Find the program here. Registration by email.


2 December 2020, 19 h 00 min
4 December 2020, 18 h 00 min
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Austrian Association for Exile Research


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