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Historians invite public to explore history of camp systems in UK, Germany and Russia

Christopher Williams Monday 18 January 2016

History and Politics lecturers from Liverpool Hope University are inviting the public to free lunchtime lectures that will explore the history of camp systems in the UK, Germany and Russia.  

 “The camp system and dehumanization in historical perspective: Experiences of Germany, Russia and the UK” will take place on Thursday 28th January from 12 noon until 2pm in the Frances Mary Lescher building (room 209) at the Hope Park campus in Childwall.

Dr Bryce Evans, Senior Lecturer in History, will discuss the detention of ‘enemy aliens’ in camps in Huyton during the Second World War. The main focus of his talk will be on the local impact of the detentions in Britain and on local memories of the camps. He will also explore the life of individual internees. Dr Evans is also working on a documentary about this topic for Bay TV.  

Acclaimed scholar Cathy Leblanc, a Professor of Philosophy of Human Rights in the Faculty of Theology of Lille Catholic University in France, will speak about the concentration camp system in relation to Germany’s extreme right wing programme in the 1930s. Professor LeBlanc will shed light on the construction of the concentration camp system and the dehumanization of victims.

Professor Christopher Williams (pictured), Head of the Department of History and Politics at Liverpool Hope University will speak about the scope of the Stalinist GULAG System of the Soviet Union. He will talk about who was sent to the camps in the Stalin era, what life was life in the camps, their economic and political role, and what happened to the people left behind. He will also explore what life was like for those released from the GULAG system under Khrushchev, and how they dealt with the experience of the Soviet system.

The event is organised by The Department of History and Politics and the Archbishop Desmond Tutu centre for War and Peace Studies at Liverpool Hope University. It will be chaired by Dr Catalina Montoya Londoño, Lecturer in International Relations, Department of History and Politics.

All welcome. For more details on the sessions please contact pashas@hope.ac.uk or Dr Florian Zollman, (Director of the Archbishop Desmond Tutu centre for War and Peace Studies at Liverpool Hope University) on 0151 291 3524.

Department of History and Politics at Liverpool Hope University

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