Refugees and Citizens. New Nation States as Places of Asylum, 1914–1941

  • Michal Frankl Vienna Wiesenthal Institute
Keywords: refugee studies, new nation states, asylum, conceptual history

Abstract

The three papers published in this section originate from the workshop “Refugees and Citizens. New Nation States as Places of Asylum, 1914–1941” organised by the host editors together with the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI) in June 2016. By focussing on new nation states created as a result of the First World War in Eastern and Central Europe and beyond, this workshop intended to extend the perspective of refugee studies to a region typically not considered welcoming to refugees. We aimed to examine how refugees influenced the formation of the new states and how exactly the often increasingly nationalist and authoritarian regimes became places of asylum, even if only temporary ones, for many refugees from Nazism. Moreover, we were interested to learn more about the intrinsic relationship between the categories of refugees and citizens. The workshop aimed to take citizenship in the ‘East’, even in its shifting and disputed forms, seriously.

 

Published
2019-02-13
Section
CONTEXT: REFUGEES & CITIZENS