Daily Archives: Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Conference – ‘Refugees and Migrants: Unaccompanied Children in Britain 1914-2014’

‘Refugees and Migrants: Unaccompanied Children in Britain 1914-2014’

The University of Southampton’s Parkes Institute and the Centre for German-Jewish Studies at the University of Sussex announce an interdisciplinary and international conference on unaccompanied child migration both in and out of the UK over the past century. The conference will be held 17-18 July 2014 at The University of Southampton, Highfield Campus, Building 44.  Registration for the two days is £20 payable at the door, and includes refreshments and lunch on Friday. All interested are invited and encouraged to attend. Please RSVP to J.Craig-Norton@soton.ac.uk or R.Holmes@sussex.ac.uk


‘Refugees and Migrants: Unaccompanied Children in Britain 1914-2014’

University of Southampton

Building 44, Highfield Campus, Southampton SO17 1BJ


Please contact Rose Holmes (R.Holmes@Sussex.ac.uk) or Jennifer Craig-Norton (J.Craig-Norton@soton.ac.uk) if you have any questions, or need any help booking travel or accommodation.


Thursday 17 July

14:00-15:00 Coffee and Welcome

15:00-16:30 Panel 1: Experiences of child migrants

Kim Tao (Australian National Maritime Museum): On their own: exploring hidden histories of Britain’s unaccompanied child migrants.

Eithne Nightingale (Queen Mary University of London): The resilience and agency of child migrants who are, or become, ‘unaccompanied’.

Claire Halstead (Western University Canada): Sheltered Under the Maple Tree: British Child Evacuees in Canada during the Second World War.


Friday 18 July


9:30-11:00 Panel 2: Unaccompanied children in foster care

Muireann Ní Raghallaigh (University College Dublin): Fostering unaccompanied refugee young people: building relationships and creating trust

Ala Sirriyeh (Keele University): Hospitality and family practices in fostering unaccompanied refugee young people

Elaine Chase (University of Oxford): ‘Becoming Adult’: the impact on wellbeing for unaccompanied young people moving on from foster care

11:00-11:30 Coffee break

11:30-13:00 Panel 3: Public Policy and Child Migration

Sara Hiorns (Queen Mary University of London): The quandaries presented to us by our children: unaccompanied diplomatic service children in Britain 1945 – 1964.

Jo Wilding (Independent Researcher):Happy Birthday, Now Go Away: Unaccompanied child mi grants, reaching adulthood and public policy.

Katherine Rossy (Queen Mary University of London): The Problems of Peace: British Occupation Policy toward Unaccompanied Children in Postwar Germany (1945-1949).

13:00-14:00 Lunch Break

14:00-15:30 Panel 4: Rethinking the Kindertransports

Rose Holmes (University of Sussex): The Kindertransports in context: Voluntary Intervention and child migration, 1938-41.

Anna Rosner (Independent Researcher): Kindertransports in Polish historiography.

Jennifer Craig-Norton (University of Southampton):  New Archives, New Perspectives: The Polish Jewish Refugee Fund and the Kindertransport.

15:30-15:45 Break

15:45-16:15 Closing remarks