CFP: Victims, Orphans, Refugees: The Fate of Europe’s Children and Youth (1933-1949) (Edited Collection)

The persecution and displacement of children and youth in Europe from 1933 to 1949 have produced an extensive literature in the last three decades. This literature has addressed children’s fates, families and futures, Kindertransports, experiences and memories of exile and refuge, the devastation of children’s lives as a result of persecution, war and genocide, resistance and partisan activities, postwar displacement, and flight to Palestine. Few volumes have addressed individual and group experiences of children from different ethnic backgrounds, nationalities, ages and countries from comparative, interdisciplinary, and cross-temporal perspectives. The editors propose a long-range and transnational approach to the fate of Europe’s children and youth through the analysis of histories, experiences and memories that range from pre-war (1933-1938/39), World War II (1939-44/45) and to post-1945 (1945-1949) periods. It is hoped that the long-range approach will facilitate discussion about links between continental European locations of victimization, and where applicable, the transatlantic and transpacific cultural spaces of refuge, exile and memory (including Great Britain, North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, Palestine, Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand). Scholars working in the fields of history, literature, exile, migration and refugee studies, cultural geography, anthropology, psychology, trauma studies, visual culture, and life history are invited to submit abstracts for book chapters on their research.

Possible focus areas might include (but are not limited to):
– Children and youth as victims of racial, religious and political violence
– Child and youth refugees in the Anglophone world
– Children and/or youth experiences of deportation
– The role of welfare, refugee aid, and humanitarian agencies
– Children and youth during the Holocaust (in ghettos, camps, hiding, orphanages)
– Children and youth participation in resistance activities and partisan movements
– Hidden children, rescue efforts, shelter, and adoptive families
– Journeys of Jewish children and youth to countries of refuge and exile (before, during and after the war)
– Experiences of children and youth in Displaced Persons camps
– Feared children: delinquents, gangs and moral crises
– Unaccompanied and orphaned children, stolen or kidnapped children
– Tracing services, identity, and reunification of families
– War children and/or youth in literature, photography and film
– Children and youth in postwar debates on human rights, humanitarianism and genocide
– Intergenerational life dialogues, histories, narratives and memories

Please email an abstract of your contribution (book chapter title, abstract of 500 words, and institutional affiliation/contact details) to both editors by no later than August 15, 2012. Further queries can be emailed to either editor.

Simone Gigliotti
History Programme, Victoria University
Wellington, New Zealand

Monica Tempian
German Programme, Victoria University
Wellington, New Zealand

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