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A special issue of Patterns of Prejudice co-edited by Roni Mikel Arieli and Sarah Phillips Casteel
In the 1930s and 1940s, colonial spaces became places of refuge for some fleeing Nazi-controlled Europe; for others, they were places of detention. The stories of refugee resettlement in Shanghai, Australia, Palestine and of the infamous journey of the SS St. Louis to Cuba are relatively well known. However, it is only recently that less familiar refugee trajectories to the Dominican Republic, Martinique, Mauritius, Southern Africa, Iran, India, Central Asia and elsewhere have begun to be explored by historians and other scholars. By tracing refugee escape routes, this special issue explores often unrecognized entanglements between wartime Europe and the colonial world. Retelling wartime history not solely as a European story but as one that reveals the interconnectedness of Europe and the Global South, the special issue contributes to the current ’colonial turn‘ in Holocaust Studies.
Creative writers have often led the way in recovering the memory of refugee experiences in colonial spaces. Examples ranging from Anita Desai's classic novel Baumgartner's Bombay (1988) to more recent works such as Nathacha Appanah's Le Dernier Frère (2007) and Louis-Philippe Dalembert's Avant que les ombres s'effacent (2017) attest that fiction can be a particularly effective vehicle for circulating such memories. Autobiographical novels such as Stefanie Zweig's Nirgendwo in Afrika (1995) and films such as Su Goldfish's The Last Goldfish (2017) record familial memories of refugee escape and resettlement. Moreover, among the refugees themselves were a number of writers and artists. In 1941, a single refugee ship travelling from Marseille to Martinique carried the writer Anna Seghers, the photographer Germaine Krull and the painter Wifredo Lam. Among the Jews deported to Mauritius in 1940 were German painter Anna Frank Klein, Czech artist Peretz Bede Mayer and Austrian artist Fritz Haendel.
We invite discussions of this topic that adopt both historical and cultural approaches. Submissions may engage with archival materials, print culture, memoirs, literature, photography, painting, film, music and other sources. We are particularly interested in contributions that address the following issues:
Proposals (no more than 1 page) and a brief biographical note (maximum 100 words) should be submitted to Roni Mikel Arieli (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Sarah Phillips Casteel (email@example.com) by 30 June 2021. Full drafts of the short-listed articles will be due by 30 January 2022.
Contact Info: Dr. Roni Mikel Arieli & Prof. Sarah Phillips Casteel