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Conference: War and population movements. A cross examination of Europe in the 19th and 20th century. Paris, 9-10 April 2015‏

Deutsches Historisches Institut Paris; LabEx EHNE; DAAD

09.04.2015-10.04.2015, Paris, DHIP, 8 rue du Parc-Royal, 75003 Paris

Deadline: 07.12.2014

International Conference of the German Historical Institute Paris in

cooperation with the Research Center of Excellence � �crire une histoire

nouvelle de l'Europe � (EHNE) and the German Academic Exchange Service


Place and date: German Historical Institute Paris, April 9-10, 2015

Organizer: Bettina Severin-Barboutie

Military conflicts have always been a major reason for the movement of

troops as well as of civilians making mobility an experience widely

shared. The current arrival of refugees from the war zones of Iraq and

Syria is the latest example of this phenomenon. However, the reasons,

types, and effects of population movements linked to wars have differed

over time just as different forms of mobility have overlapped or

followed each other in the same space or even along one single life.

Historical research on war and population movements in Europe has

predominantly focused on different types of forced migration in the 20th

century with a particular interest in expellees and refugees during and

after World War I and World War II. Embedded in a cooperation between

the German Historical Institute Paris and the research strand 5 �Europe

of wars and marks of war� of the Research Center of Excellence EHNE, the

conference seeks to shift towards a more systematic exploration of the

role population movements played in military conflicts by investigating

convergences and divergences in a long-term perspective, that is in the

19th and in the 20th century. The following questions will be at the

core of this investigation (but are not limited to it) and can be

approached from a social, cultural, economic or political angle, through

men, women and/or children, in a victim/offender perspective, etc.

First, population displacement as a legitimization to wage war or war as

a legitimization for displacements such as the expulsion of former

immigrants for security reasons (immigrants from member states of the

German confederation states in France in 1870/71 for instance).

Second, displaced individuals and populations as weapons of war (above

all the troops and all those accompanying them over time, but also

deportees, settlers, forced laborers, etc.), as weapons against war

(deserters, refugees, etc.) or as both as this could be the case for war


Third, population movements as instruments to bring hostilities to an

end or to make peace, for example the transfer of populations, the right

of choice (for Alsatians after 1871), the repatriation, etc.

Fourth, moments of sedentariness, settlement or temporary territorial

assignment correlating with the movement or displacement of individuals

and populations in times of wars (the protection of minorities or the

detainment in camps for instance).

Please send your abstract (max. 500 words) as well as a short biography

(max. 1 page) to before December 7,

2014. Young scholars are particularly invited to submit a proposal.

Expenses for travelling and accommodation of the participants will be

covered. Conference languages will be English, French and German.

Scientific council :

Eric Bussi�re, Corine Defrance, Christine Haynes, Mareike K�nig, Barbara

Lambauer, Bettina Severin-Barboutie