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Captivity in War - A Global Perspective (19th and 20th Centuries)

Freitag, 23. März 2018 bis Samstag, 24. März 2018
Freitag, 15. September 2017

This conference, organised by the Military Academy at ETH Zurich, will explore various issues relating to captivity in war in the 19th and 20th centuries. In recent years, the study of prisoners of war has increasingly attracted scholarly attention. However, it remains a neglected topic when it comes to research on wars, which often focuses either on the conduct of war itself or on the home front, with prisoners of war fitting in neither of those categories.

The aim of the conference is to bring together academics currently working on various aspects of captivity in war during the 19th and 20th centuries, and to discuss and explain how captivity in war varied and evolved during this period.

The conference purposely uses a broad definition of "captives", which not only refers to prisoners of war but also includes forced labourers, civilian internees etc. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

-   International organisations and humanitarian aid

-   Violence towards captives

-   Camps

-   Captives and labour

-   Interaction with local populations

-   Remembrance

-   Release and reintegration

The organisers welcome proposals for 15-minute papers from researchers not only with a historical background, but also from other disciplines. Submissions from postgraduate and early career researchers are particularly welcomed.

Please submit an abstract of 300 words and a brief CV to Marcel Berni (marcel.berni[at]vtg.admin[dot]ch) and Tamara Braun (tamara.braun[at]vtg.admin[dot]ch).

Bursaries to cover travel expenses and accommodation are available. The organisers aim to publish selected contributions in a special edition of the peer-reviewed International Journal of Military History and Historiography.

Conference Venue:  University of Bern (TBA) 



Marcel Berni, M.A.

Wissenschaftlicher Assistent

Dozentur Strategische Studien

Militärakademie an der ETH Zürich

+41 44 739 82 83




Marc Hansen



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