2-4 December 2020
Internment Camps
The (Enforced) Placement and “Custody” of Refugees in the Past and the Present

Annual Conference of the Austrian Association for Exile Research (öge) in cooperation with the Department for Contemporary History (University of Vienna) and the research network “Migration, Citizenship and Belonging” (Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Vienna)

2-4 December 2020, Vienna

The conference aims to facilitate an extensive engagement with the organized, state-led, and forced placement of refugees in both the past and present. The emphasis will be on a comparative perspective – synchronic as well as diachronic. One of the key aims of the conference is to make visible the parallels and differences between the practices and types of internment in different countries – while considering the specific historical contexts. Another important focus will be the nexus of relationships and agencies which constitute the camps in question as transitory spaces. The contributions consist of analyses of local phenomena or case studies as well as comparative engagements from an international or historical perspective.


The conference will start on December 2nd with a lecture from the French anthropologist Michel Agier (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris). The two following days consist of seven panels and one book presentation.

Find the program here. Please note that we are using Middle European time in the program.

Participation and Registration

It is possible for prospective attendees to participate online. If you want to register, write an e-mail to nora.walch@exilforschung.ac.at. The links for each conference day and relevant information will be sent to you closer to the event. We recommend to already download Zoom by using the following link: https://zoom.us/download.

There are no participation fees for the conference.


Gabriele Anderl (öge), Linda Erker (Institut für Zeitgeschichte), Kerstin von Lingen (Institut für Zeitgeschichte), Christoph Reinprecht (öge/Institut für Soziologie), Nora Walch (öge)



Contributions by

Michel Agier (Ecole des Hautes Éudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris)
Gabriele Anderl (öge)
Birgit Behrensen (Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus-Senftenberg) 
Zachary J. M. Beier (University of the West Indies, Mona/Jamaica)
Laurin Blecha (Universität Wien)
Rachel Blumenthal (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Clara Bombach (Universität Zürich/Marie Meierhofer Institut für das Kind/Universität Luzern)
Maximiliane Brandmaier (Behandlungszentrum für Folteropfer Ulm)
Suzanne Francis-Brown (UWI Museum)
Christopher Burke (University of Reading)
Fränzi Buser (Universität Zürich)
Ioannis Christidis (University of Music and Performing Arts of Vienna)
Christian Cwik (Universität Graz)
Helga Embacher (Universität Salzburg)
Linda Erker (Universität Wien)
Margit Franz (Independent Scholar)
Christiane Grieb (Global Humanistic University)
Andrew Herscher (University of Michigan)
Ellen Höhne (Universität Zürich)
Christoph Jahr (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin)
Andreas Kranebitter (Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz)
Anat Kutner (JDC Archives)
Herbert Langthaler (Asylkoordination Österreich)
Kerstin von Lingen (Universität Wien)
Lilly Maier (LMU München)
Michael Mayer (Akademie für politische Bildung Tutzing)
Christoph Mentschl (Universität Wien)
Roni Mikel Arieli (The International Institute for Holocaust Research, Yad Vashem)
Marilyn G. Miller (Tulane University)
Daniel Bertrand Monk (Colgate University)
Sebastian Muy (Pädagogische Hochschule Freiburg)
Peter Pirker (Universität Innsbruck)
Christoph Reinprecht (Universität Wien)
Meghan Riley (Indiana University Northwest)
Pnina Rosenberg (Technion, Haifa)
Günther Sandner (Universität Wien)
Andreas Schloenhardt (University of Queensland)
Katrin Sippel (öge)
Simon Sperling (Universität Osnabrück)
Friedrich Stepanek (Universität Innsbruck)
Matthew Stibbe (Sheffield Hallam University)
Andrea Strutz (LBI for Consequences of the War/University of Graz)
Claudia Theune (Universität Wien)
Jean-Michel Turcotte (Leibniz Institut für Europäische Geschichte)
Iris Winkelbauer (Universität Wien)
Kim Wünschmann (LMU Munich)

Call for Papers

Call – english

Graphic Design

Juma Hauser

Technical support

Patrick Widhofner-Schmidt
Paul Stöttinger

The conference is funded by


Forschungsschwerpunkt „Migration, Citizenship and Belonging“
MA7, Kultur