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Workshop: Post-WWI Exiles in Transregional Context. Microglobal and Biographical Perspectives

Time: 26-27 September 2019

Venue: Freie Universität Berlin, Friedrich-Meinecke Institut, Koserstraße 20, 14195 Berlin, Room A. 127

Keynote: Centre Marc Bloch, Friedrichstraße 191, 10117 Berlin

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Post-WWI Exiles in Transregional Context. Microglobal and Biographical Perspectives

Organizer: Nazan Maksudyan (Freie Universität Berlin / Centre Marc Bloch)

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This workshop aims to explore the population movements during and after WWI from within the conceptual framework of exile. Even though legal and political terminologies such as “displacement”, “deportation”, “forced migration”, or “population exchange” have predominated the scholarship on the issue, they are all top-down interpretations of history, written from the perspective of states and “nations” and they fail to capture the intricacies in the personal and micro level. From the other side of the coin, the scholarship on exile hardly ever focuses on World War I, even though the war and the treaties concluded after it created about 9 million exiles (usually referred to as “displaced persons”, “refugees”, or “stateless persons” in the literature). This workshop intends to situate exile within WWI historiography and thus push back the chronology of exile studies from the 1930s to the 1910s and 20s. The papers in their entirety also intend to challenge the intellectual bias that is inherent to the study of exile and instead focus on social conditions of production not only of scientific but also of “mundane” knowledge. In that respect, the workshop is more interested in the social history of the period from the perspective of the exiles themselves, rather than state-centered legal schemes, population politics, and interwar regimes of social engineering. The meeting stresses the necessity of a transregional perspective and a transdisciplinary approach, bringing together scholars from the disciplines of history, political science, philosophy, ethnomusicology, and literature, focusing on the Middle East, eastern, central and south-eastern Europe, and North America.

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