Call for papers – Refugees and Migrants: Unaccompanied Children in Britain 1914-2014

Against the backdrop of intense contemporary debate on immigration, the University of Southampton’s Parkes Institute and the Centre for German-Jewish Studies at the University of Sussex are pleased to announce an interdisciplinary and international conference on unaccompanied child migration both in and out of the UK over the past century. The conference, to be held 17-18 July 2014 at the University of Southampton, seeks to explore all aspects of child migration and its impact on children, society, politics, education and history.

We invite abstracts for papers covering any topic related to Great Britain and unaccompanied child migration over the past one hundred years, including, but not limited to the following:

Organisations and individuals working with child migrants

  • Belgian children in the First World War
  • Basque refugee children 1937-9
  • The Kindertransport
  • Post-war Holocaust orphans
  • Out-migration to the Dominions in the 20th century
  • Child migrants in the 1960s and 70s
  • Contemporary unaccompanied child migration

This conference is open to postgraduates, early career and established academics in any relevant discipline.

Abstracts of 300 words, for papers of 20 minutes and a short CV should be sent to either:

Jennifer Craig-Norton at or Rose Holmes at

Please submit abstract by 15 April 2014. Panel discussion proposals of three applicants are also welcome. Applicants will be notified by 15 May 2014.

A limited number of bursaries will be awarded to successful applicants.


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