Muslim integration and refugee experiences in Twentieth Century Europe to be discussed by leading historians

Posted by ap507 at Feb 02, 2016 09:29 AM |
Free public lectures taking place at University of Leicester between 4 – 10 February for Holocaust Awareness Week

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 2 February 2016

The experiences of refugees and migrants in twentieth century Britain and Europe, and the challenges still faced by governments and individuals today, will be the focus of a number of free public lectures taking place at the University of Leicester as part of Holocaust Awareness Week 2016.

The Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Leicester is hosting the lectures, which will be given by leading British scholars of European twentieth century history, on the theme of ‘Refugees, Migration, Integration’ between 4-10 February. 

Dr Paul Moore, Acting Director of the Stanley Burton Centre, said: “The two issues of refugee policy and of migration are never anything other than topical, but in the midst of the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War, and with public debate on immigration and citizenship perhaps as polarised as it has ever been since 1945, the Stanley Burton Centre felt that ‘Refugees, Migration and Integration’ was a particularly timely theme for this year's Holocaust Awareness Week.

“We warmly welcome all who are interested in these topics to what promises to be a highly stimulating and thought-provoking series of events.”

The lectures at the University of Leicester will cover the topics of:

  • Muslim Integration in Post-1945 Britain and Germany: Historical Perspectives, Contemporary Considerations

Dr Sarah Hackett (Bath Spa University) on Thursday 4 February 2016 at 6:00pm in the Ken Edwards First Floor Lecture Theatre 1 (KE LT1)

  • Russian Refugees, Humanitarianism and Human Rights in Interwar Europe

Dr Elizabeth White (UWE, Bristol) on Tuesday 9 February 2016 at 6:00pm in the Attenborough Basement Lecture Theatre 1 (ATT LT1)

  • Exile or Asylum: Refugees in British History

Professor Panikos Panayi (De Montfort University) on Wednesday 10 February 2016 at 6:00pm in the Ken Edwards First Floor Lecture Theatre 1 (KE LT1)

Dr Moore added: “With recent events in Germany having sparked a resurgence of far right anti-immigrant sentiment and a renewed media debate on the challenges of integration, Dr Sarah Hackett's talk on the history of Muslim integration in both Germany and the United Kingdom is highly topical.

“Dr Elizabeth White will discuss refugees from the Russian Revolution in interwar Europe, with a particular focus on policy towards child refugees, another subject that has dominated the headlines in recent days.

“Finally, Professor Panikos Panayi will give an overview of the treatment of refugees in modern British history, providing much needed contextualisation at a time when inflammatory rhetoric dismissing refugees as "a bunch of migrants" is endorsed at the highest level of the British government.”

For further information about the lectures please contact Dr Paul Moore on



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