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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
13 May 2015
Registration and Welcome: Panikos Panayi (De Montfort University)
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’.
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’.
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’.
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’.
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.
14 May 2015
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)’.
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’.
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?’.