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Parkes Institute Public Event Event

Parkes Institute Public Event
17:30 - 21:00
16 June 2016
Avenue Campus, Lecture Theatre C, University of Southampton, SO17 1BF

For more information regarding this event, please email Tracy Storey at .

Event details

This evening programme will offer an insight into migration from 1880 to the present, making use of various sources and encompassing a range of perspectives.

'Moving Stories and Migrant Voices: Britain’s Borders and Barriers from the Aliens Act to the Present'

Featuring talks from Professor Tony Kushner on Britain’s response to refugees, Professor David Glover on immigration control and Professor Joachim Schlör on an individual experience of migration, the event is an opportunity for discussion, questions and debate.

Keynote speakers

Tony Kushner , Refugees – then and now

The ongoing refugee crisis is widely accepted as being the largest since the Second World War and the Nazi era. This paper will largely focus on the responses in Britain and how the past has been utilised in recent controversies. For those sympathetic to allowing in more refugees, especially child refugees, the Kindertransport is the point of reference, used largely as a positive story of rescue which benefited the children coming in and confirming Britain’s self-image as decent, tolerant and welcoming. For others, the comparisons between ‘now’ and ‘then’ are false, and they reject the idea that Britain is turning its back on its tradition of asylum. This talk aims to open up the debate by using examples from the media, parliament and the social anthropological body, Mass-Observation, welcoming different perspectives from the audience.

David Glover, Immigration Control in the Age of Migration, 1880-1914

The nineteenth century is often seen as the beginning of an era of mass migration and as a golden age for migrants. But migration was also rapidly becoming a major political issue and in Britain this led to the beginnings of modern immigration control. This talks looks at how those seeking refuge came to be seen as invaders.

Joachim Schlör , Emigration as Emancipation. Liesel Rosenthal’s journey to England in 1937

In May 1937, at the age of 22, Liesel Rosenthal left her family and her home town of Heilbronn, Germany, and settled in London. A collection of letters, bundled up and stored away in 1948, documents how she tried to bring her family out of Nazi Germany, how she kept in touch with relatives and friends scattered all over the world – and how she developed a new feeling of independence in a period of war and destruction.

This event is free however you must register to attend and receive joining instructions. To register for a place please email

A light buffet will be available in the North Corridor from 17:30 prior to the lecture which will commence at 18:00.

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