Eleanor Rathbone

A call for papers has been launched for a Refugee Week conference inspired by British MP Eleanor Rathbone, which will explore the welcome given to refugees during the 1930s-40s compared to the treatment they receive today.

Organised by Remembering Eleanor Rathbone, the all-day conference, entitled ‘Welcome to Britain? Refugees Then and Now’ will be held at King’s College London on 20 June 2016, which marks both World Refugee Day and the beginning of Refugee Week 2016.

The conference commemorates seventy years since the death of the ‘MP for Refugees’ Eleanor Rathbone, who campaigned tirelessly for the rescue of refugees from Nazi Europe.

The organisers are seeking submissions from both a historical and contemporary perspective on themes including the public perception of refugees, humanitarian and political concerns, the power of propaganda and whether Britain could have done/ could currently do more for refugees.

Click here for further details or to register your interest in the conference.

Submissions of no more than 200 words should be sent to the organisers by 26 February via the details below:

Dr Susan Cohen: drsusancohen@gmail.com
Ms Lesley Urbach: lcurbach@aol.com

Please contact the organisers directly with any enquiries