University of Westminster Group for War and Culture Studies present 'Refugees Journeys'
Thursday, 18 March 2010
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The seminar will include papers from Hanna Diamond and Christophe Declercq.
*Hanna Diamond on 'Photographic Narratives of Refugees in France. 1939-40'.
This paper will analyse a number of photos which deal with the evacuation and flight of refugees during the Second World War in France. The official and strategic visual narratives produced by the military whose photographs of ‘organized’ evacuation provide a particular representation of events will firstly be explored. These images will then be contrasted to other photos taken by freelance photographers, who, less subject to censorship controls, suggest very different kinds of visual narratives. Taking the example of the work of Thérèse Bonney, whose photographs chronicle the flight of the population of the village of Givet in the Ardennes to Paris in May 1940, it will argued that such photographs nuance and complicate the existing dominant visual images and narrative representations of these events.
Hanna Diamond is Reader in French History in the Department of European Studies and Modern Languages at the University of Bath. She is the author of ‘Women and the Second World War in France' and 'Fleeing Hitler: France 1940', and co-editor of ‘Vichy, Resistance, Liberation, New Perspectives on Wartime France', and 'Gendering the Occupation of France'.
*Christophe Declercq on 'Horsemeat on your Table: the Peculiar Intricacies of Belgian Refugees in Britain during WWI'.
Find out more about the association's journal, Intellect's Journal of War and Culture Studies.
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