CFP: Refugees from Nazism: Trade, Industry and Engineering, London/online (01.09.2022)

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Institute of Modern Languages Research, University of London


Refugees from Nazism: Trade, Industry and Engineering

Closing date for submissions: 1 September 2022

13-14 September 2023
at the Institute of Modern Languages Research, London (and online)


Historically, Exile Studies have concentrated on social, political and cultural themes but in recent years – most notably with the Conference of the Gesellschaft für Exilforschung in Vienna in 2014 and the subsequent publication of its proceedings (Kometen des Geldes) – economic questions have moved from the periphery to the centre of academic enquiry. With this in mind, the Research Centre for German & Austrian Exile Studies at the Institute of Modern Languages Research, University of London, is inviting contributors to speak at its Conference on 13 and 14 September 2023 on Refugees to Britain from Nazism:  Trade,  Industry and Engineering. The conference will be both online and live at Senate House, University of London.

Key Areas of enquiry could include:

  • Aryanisation and transfer of existing companies in the Third Reich
  • Establishment of manufacturing, engineering and other companies  by refugees from Nazism
  • Impact of economic conditions on émigré entrepreneurs
  • Wartime changes in legislation and their implications for emigrants engaged in trade and industry
  • Innovation in trade and industry:  development of new products, processes and technology in Britain and/or overseas
  • Development of international trade links
  • Career change and retraining
  • The impact of internment on refugee engineers and industrialists
  • Refugee employees of British engineering and manufacturing companies in Britain
  • Restitution for Aryanised companies
  • Legacy of refugee engineering and industry

Contributions may be in either English or German for 30-minute papers. An abstract not exceeding 300 words together with a short speaker biography, both as attached MsWord documents, should be sent to both: and by 1 September 2022.


Selected papers from the conference will be published in the Research Centre’s Yearbook, vol.  21 (2024)

Editors:  Dr Anna Nyburg; Professor Charmian Brinson


Institute of Modern Languages Research
School of Advanced Study | University of London
Senate House | Malet Street | GB- London WC1E 7HU

Redaktion: Constanze Baum – Lukas Büsse – Mark-Georg Dehrmann – Nils Gelker – Markus Malo – Alexander Nebrig – Johannes Schmidt

Diese Ankündigung wurde von H-GERMANISTIK [Nils Gelker] betreut –