Hindle Pearlman, a Jewish Relief Unit Child Welfare Officer, with nursery children at the Belsen-Hohne Displaced Persons camp. C.1947

We are pleased to announce a new seminar series ‘Humanitarianism, Refugees, and the Holocaust’, which will run throughout the 2023/2024 academic year.

The history of humanitarianism is extensive, but the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in particular saw an explosion of aid societies and relief organisations, and, for many, the development of a new guiding concept of modern, international and professional humanitarianism. This new incarnation of relief played a key role as the political crises of the 1930s, the Second World War, the Holocaust and its aftermath resulted in millions of refugees and displaced persons (DPs).

Humanitarianism, therefore, provides a critical lens through which to challenge and deepen our understanding of this period of modern history. In this series, we invite current doctoral students to explore and reflect on the connections between themes and their own research in a friendly and supportive environment.

This series will form part of our PhD and a Cup of Tea doctoral programme, an event series designed for early-career researchers and PhD candidates to present their research for feedback from other researchers, PhD candidates, and faculty.

Events already announced include:

  • PhD and a Cup of Tea: Beyond Europe: The history and memory of Jewish Refugees in Japan, 2 November 2023
  • PhD and a Cup of Tea: Reconfiguring Humanitarianism in the Margins of Empire – Displacement and Relief in Turkestan, 1914-1924, 17 January 2024
  • PhD and a Cup of Tea: Reading Novels on the Cattle Cars: American Humanitarian Relief in the Internment Camps of Unoccupied France, 1940-42, 22 February 2024
  • PhD and a Cup of Tea: From Victimized to Victorious: The Marxist and Zionist Choreographies of Yehudit Arnon, in the Framework of Hashomer Hatzair Zionist Youth Movement in Hungary in the Immediate Post-War Period, 16 April 2024
  • PhD and a Cup of Tea: Post War Categorization(s): Humanitarian Aid Organizations and Displaced Persons (1945-1951), 1 May 2024

To present in this series or get involved in the wider PhD and a Cup of Tea event programme, please contact Dr Christine Schmidt or Roxy Moore.