Historicizing the Refugee Experience, 17th–21st Centuries

Fourth Annual International Seminar in Historical Refugee Studies

Tübingen, July 3–6, 2024
@ Schloss Hohentübingen Burgsteige 11 (Tübingen)
Please note: all times indicated in the programme are CEST

Final Programme

Wednesday, 3 July 2024

15:00 – 17:15 WELCOME & SESSION 1

Words of Welcome: Jan C. Jansen (University of Tübingen) & Dane Kennedy (GHI Washington)

Session chair: Delphine Diaz (University of Reims)

Comments: Sara Cosemans, Victoria Do

Kathleen Commons: “Precluded from living in your dominion”: Forced Migrants and the Development of Pre-Modern “Refugee” Rights Regimes in Early Modern England.

Natalia Woszczyk: Historicising the Experience of Exile: The Bohemian Brethren’s Exile of 1548 in the Seventeenth Century Narratives.


Susanne Lachenicht (University of Bayreuth): Historicizing the Refugee Experience: Some Reflections on Current Research Interests, Concepts, Paradigms, and Problems in Refugee Studies.

Thursday, 4 July 2024

09:00 – 10:45 SESSION 2

Session chair: Glenn Penny (University of California, Los Angeles)

Comments: Jessica Wehner, Natalia Woszczyk

Paulina Dominik: From Freedom Fighters to Agents of Empire(s)? Polish Political Émigrés in the Nineteenth-Century Ottoman Mediterranean.

Muhamed Riyaz Chenganakkatil: Exilic Networks: Political Refugees in the Imperial Hijaz (1857-1921).

11:15 – 13:00 SESSION 3

Session chair: Cristian Cercel (Institute for Danube Swabian History and Regional Studies)

Comments: Kathleen Commons, Xian Yu Jee

Panagiotis Karagkounis: Humanitarian and Refugee Temporalities in the Post-Lausanne Order, 1922-1929.

Ramon Wiederkehr: The Politics of Humanitarian Aid and the Admission of Baltic Displaced Women to Switzerland, 1947-1948.

Friday, 5 July 2024

09:45 – 11:30 SESSION 4

Session chair: Mathias Beer (University of Tübingen)

Comments: Ryan Cheuk Him Sun, Panagiotis Karagkounis

Pragya Kaul: Envisioning the “Refugee Colonist”: Jewish Refugees in the British Empire (1933-1939).

Xian Yu Jee: Being Unwanted: Huaqiao as Refugees in Southeast Asia (1941-1951).


Session Chair: Jannik Keindorf (University of Tübingen) & Thomas Mareite (University of Tübingen)

14:30 – 16:15 SESSION 5

Session chair: Peter Gatrell (University of Manchester)

Comments: Paulina Dominik, Ramon Wiederkehr

Ryan Cheuk Him Sun: Negotiating colonial ‘paper walls’: Central European Jewish Refugees and Local Jewish communities in Hong Kong and Singapore (1938-1940).

Jessica Wehner: “An apparently indissoluble clot of unwanted humanity”: Negotiating the Resettlement of ‘Displaced Persons’ perceived as ‘non-European Other’.


Dinner (@Mauganeschtle)

Saturday, 6 July 2024

09:00 – 10:45 EXTERNAL GUEST

Ulrike Schulze – Refugee Law Clinic (University of Tübingen)

11:15 – 13:00 SESSION 6

Session chair: Ilana Feldman (George Washington University)

Comments: Muhamed Riyaz Chenganakkatil, Pragya Kaul

Victoria Do: “Like Brothers”: Vietnamese Helicopter Pilots and Vietnamization in Savannah Georgia, 1965-1990.

Sara Cosemans: Freedom of Movement in a Decolonizing World: How Non-Western Actors Shaped the Post-War Mobility Regime.


Chair: Jan C. Jansen (University of Tübingen) & Dane Kennedy (GHI Washington)


Farewell dinner (@tbc)

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