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Debate Event: 'Kindertransport: New Approaches, New Sources’ Seminar

James Parkes
19 November 2019
Lecture Theatre C, Avenue Campus, University of Southampton, Southampton SO17 1BF

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Event details

Part of The Parkes Institute's Research Seminar Series for 2019/20.

The Kindertransport: Contesting Memory

The Kindertransport: New Approaches and Sources’. A round table discussion chaired by Tony Kushner featuring Jennifer Craig-Norton, Nicola Woodhead and Karen Robson (University of Southampton) and Emily Stiles, University of Winchester. We will also be launching Jennifer Craig-Norton’s remarkable new book The Kindertransport. Contesting Memory (Indiana University Press, 2019).

This round table will discuss recent developments in our understanding and responses to the Kindertransport. Amongst other issues it will cover how newly available sources and fresh interpretations of older ones have impacted on histories of the Kindertransport and what potential these sources have for future scholars; how museums and exhibitions have represented the Kindertransport; the political use and abuse of the Kindertransport in debates about current migration; the role of the Kindertransportees in the memory of the Kindertransport; the tensions between the memory and history of the Kindertransport; and celebratory versus critical histories of the Kindertransport.

Book launch

There will be an opportunity to purchase Jennifer Craig-Norton's latest book 'The Kindersport: Contesting Memory' for £23 (Cash only).

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Speaker information

Professor Tony Kushner ,Tony Kushner is Professor in the Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations and History Department at the University of Southampton. His most recent books are The Battle of Britishness: Migrant Journeys since 1685 (Manchester University Press, 2012) and Journeys from the Abyss: The Holocaust and Forced Migration from the 1880s to the Present (Liverpool University Press, 2017). He is currently working on a study of a Jewish triple murderer and, with Dr Aimee Bunting, Co-Presents to the Holocaust. He is co-editor of the journal Patterns of Prejudice and deputy editor of Jewish Culture and History.

Jennifer Craig-Norton , Parkes Institute, University of Southampton. Jennifer Craig-Norton recently completed a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Southampton and is a Visiting Fellow with the Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations. She is currently working on a research grant from the West London Synagogue, looking into their historic work with refugees and is writing a book on Jewish refugee domestics and nurses 1938-1950. Her publications include The Kindertransport: Contesting Memory (Indiana University Press, 2019) and Migrant Histories and Historiographies: Essays in honour of Colin Holmes (Routledge Studies in Radical History and Politics, 2018), co-edited with Christhard Hoffman and Tony Kushner.

Karen Robson , University of Southampton. Karen Robson is and archivist and history and responsible for the Special Collections at the Hartley Library at the University of Southampton, including the extensive Anglo-Jewish Archives.

Dr Emily-Jayne Stiles , University of Winchester. Dr Emily-Jayne Stiles is a Lecturer in Modern History at the University of Winchester where she teaches modules on modern Europe, Britain, Nazism and the Holocaust in history and memory. Her forthcoming book Holocaust Memory and National Museums in Britain (Palgrave Macmillan, due early 2021) looks at constructions of Holocaust memory in a local context, with a focus on the shaping of memory by and within the Imperial War Museum, London. Her current research explores narratives of forced migration and conceptualisations of refugees and asylum seekers in the museum space.

Nicola Woodhead , University of Southampton. Nicola Woodhead is a part time PhD student at the University of Southampton. Her PhD research considers the transmigrant journeys of Kinder, seeking to investigate the specific experiences of transmigrant Kinder. She was recently an Outreach Fellow with the Parkes Institute and has taught at the University of Southampton and Portsmouth University.

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