Internment during World War I: A Mass Global Phenomenon

Place
Leicester
Venue
Manchester
Host/Organizer
De Montfort University; the History Research Group at De Montfort University; in conjunction with the Imperial War Museum North
Date
13.05.2015 - 14.05.2015
By
Stefan Manz

Although civilian internment has become associated with the Second World War in popular memory, it has a longer history. The turning point in this history occurred during the First World War when, in the interests of 'security' in a situation of total war, the internment of 'enemy aliens' became part of state policy for the belligerent states, resulting in the incarceration, displacement and, even murder, of hundreds of thousands of people throughout the world. This pioneering international Conference on internment during the First World War brings together experts from throughout the world to investigate the importance of the conflict for the history of civilian incarceration.

For full information and to register for a place visit the conference webpage or contact Professor Panikos Panayi (ppanayi@dmu.ac.uk).

Programm

Provisional programme

13 May 2015

9.00-9.30
Registration and Welcome: Panikos Panayi (De Montfort University)

9.30-11.00
The End of Empire: The Ottomans and the Habsburgs

Khatchig Mouradian (Rutgers), ‘Internment and Destruction: Armenian Deportees in Ottoman Syria 1915-1917’

Matthew Stibbe (Sheffield Hallam), ‘Harsh or Moderate? Austro-Hungarian Policies towards Enemy Aliens, 1914-1918’.

11.00-11.30
Coffee

11.30-13.00
African Imperialism

Mahon Murphy (LSE) 'Caught between Three Empires: German Colonial settlers in West Africa in British, French and Spanish Internment'

Daniel Steinbach (King's College London), ‘Colonial Conundrums: Ordering Life in the Internment Camps of German East Africa’.

13.00-14.00
Lunch

14.00-15.30
Germany

Christoph Jahr (Berlin), ‘The Internment of “Enemy Aliens” in First World War Germany’

Jens Thiel (Berlin), ‘A Forced and Unexplained Status: The Belgian Deportees during World War One’.

15.30-16.00
Coffee

16.00-17.30
North America

Bohdan Kordan (Saskatchewan), ‘We Beg You to Come and See Us: Canada, Enemy Aliens and the Diplomacy of the Protective Powers, 1914-1920’.

Jörg Nagler (Jena), 'Surveillance and Internment on the American Home Front during the First World War’.
17.30-19.00

Film Showing

Kevin Kennedy (Appalachian State)
German Enemy Aliens in the Land of the Sky

A Documentary on the World War I German Internment Camp in Hot Springs, North Carolina.

20.00
Supper

14 May 2015

9.00-10.30
Southern and Eastern Europe

Daniela Caglioti (Naples), ‘Colonial Subjects, Internal Enemies and Enemy Aliens: Confinement and Internment in Liberal Italy’.

Andrei Siperco (Bucharest University), ‘On the Brink of Collapse: Prisoners of War and Civilian Internees from the Perspective of a Small Belligerent Country (1916-1919)’.

10.30-10.45
Coffee

10.45-13.00
Internment and Imperial Zenith: The British Empire

Sandra Berkhof (Plymouth), ‘The Internment of Germans from New Guinea and Samoa in Australia and New Zealand’.

Stefan Manz (Aston), ‘After the Boers: The Internment of German “Enemy Aliens” in South Africa during World War 1’

Panikos Panayi (De Montfort), ‘India’.

13.00-14.00
Lunch

14.00-15.30
Western Europe

Simon Giuseppi (Ajaccio), ‘Internment and Human Rights: The French Approach’.

Anja Huber (Bern), ‘The Internment of Prisoners of War in Switzerland during the First World War: Humanitarian Aid versus Economic Interests?’.

15.30-16.00
Coffee

16.00-17.00
Conclusion

Citation
Internment during World War I: A Mass Global Phenomenon, 13.05.2015 – 14.05.2015 Leicester, in: H-Soz-Kult, 20.02.2015, <www.hsozkult.de/event/id/termine-27196>.
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