Refugees and Migrants: Between Sympathy and Security
Join us for the second event in the 2016/17 Humanities Speaker Series, which will explore the theme of Refugees and Migrants through the series' four events.
As imperial Britain faced a variety of disasters at the turn of the 19th century (famine and plague in India, war in South Africa), Britain interned more than 10 million colonial subjects in camps, which both provided shelter and humanitarian aid, and kept control of mobile populations that administrators viewed with suspicion as racial and social threats. Managing these populations helped instantiate a modern concept of the refugee as both vulnerable victims and potential villains—“a risk” and “at risk”. Camps, accordingly, presented a tool to both care for displaced populations, but also to discipline them in coercive ways. These legacies have lived on in the post-WWII period, and many of the attitudes and technologies of international humanitarianism are rooted in the outlooks and practices of “liberal” empire.
The presentation will followed by a reception.
About the presenter
Aidan Forth is an Assistant Professor of history at Loyola University, Chicago. His forthcoming book is entitled Barbed Wire Imperialism: Britain’s Empire of Camps, 1876-1903 (University of California Press, 2017). It examines the early development of refugee camps and concentration camps to care for and control colonial populations displaced by famine, disease and war.
Faculty of Arts and Science | Humanities Speaker Series
November 17, 2016
Robbins Health Learning Centre
City Centre Campus10700 – 104 AvenueEdmonton, AB