Statelessness Conference: December 1-2

Statelessness Conference: December 1-2
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This meeting is organized by Kolleen Guy and Jay Winter, co-sponsored by the Humanities Research Center and the Arts and Humanities Division at Duke Kunshan University.

This project aims to tell the story of statelessness in Asia and the Pacific during the Second World War. Building on Hannah Arendt’s classic account of the plight of the stateless, we draw attention in different case studies to the voice of the stateless in the collective effort they made to narrate their own lives. They occupied a third space between being outcasts and being free men and women. Comparisons among different stateless communities in Asia and the Pacific show the different paths out of statelessness during and after the Second World War.

In December 2022 we will hold two meetings of participants to review chapters of our book on Statelessness.  The first will be in Barcelona from December 1-2; the second in Melbourne, from December 14-15. We aim for publication in 2024.

Learn more about this research project: Statelessness in Asia, Australia and the Pacific during the Global Second World War

Barcelona Conference Dates: December 1-2, 2022

Location: IES Abroad Barcelona, ronda de St. Pere 5, 08010 Barcelona (Spain) – Please see specific dates in the program below for exact location.

Zoom: 680 604 2755



All times are listed as Central European Time (CET)

Thursday, December 1

IES Abroad Barcelona, ronda de St. Pere 5, 08010 Barcelona (Spain), classroom 5.5 on the 5th floor
Zoom Meeting ID: 680 604 2755

1100 Kolleen Guy, Associate Professor of Humanities and Chair of the Division of Arts and Humanities of Undergraduate Program at Duke Kunshan University.
Welcome and Introduction

1230 Jay Winter, Professor Emeritus, Yale University and Duke Kunshan University and Sheila Fitzpatrick, Australian Catholic University
‘Hannah Arendt and the Burden of our times’

1400-1600 Lunch provided on the terrace of IES Abroad Barcelona

All afternoon sessions are on Zoom. Participants can watch at the IES, classroom 5.5 or using Zoom Meeting ID: 680 604 2755

1600 Meredith Oyen: Associate Professor, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (via Zoom)
The international politics of refugee settlement in Shanghai

1700  Gao Bei: Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina Wilmington (via Zoom)
Chinese and Japanese policy towards Jewish refugees in Shanghai

1800  Peter Balakian, Professor, Colgate University (via zoom)

1900  Rana Mitter, Professor, Oxford University
‘Reinterpreting China’s Second World War’ (live in Barcelona and on Zoom)

2000 Conference dinner for presenters and family


Friday, December 2

IES Abroad Barcelona, ronda de St. Pere 5, 08010 Barcelona (Spain), classroom 3.3 on the 3rd floor
Zoom Meeting ID: 680 604 2755

900 Peter Gatrell: Professor, University of Manchester
Russians in refugeedom in the Second World War

1000 Robert Bickers: Professor, University of Bristol
The end of British Shanghai

1100  Christian Henriot: Professor, Aix-Marseille University
The end of French Shanghai

1200 Kolleen Guy, Professor, Duke Kunshan University, and Jay Winter, Professor, Yale University
‘Statelessness and survival’

Lunch for presenters and partners



Kolleen Guy is an Associate Professor of Humanities and Chair of the Division of Arts and Humanities of  Undergraduate Program at Duke Kunshan University. She has a PhD in History from Indiana University, Bloomington. Prior to joining DKU, she was the Ricardo Romo Distinguished Professor in the Honors College at the University of Texas, San Antonio. Professor Guy’s research focuses on the history of food and wine as highlighted in her award-winning book, When Champagne became French: Wine and the Making of a National Identity. Her main research interest is on how the consumption and production of food and drink shape national memory and identity. She has won numerous awards for teaching innovation.

Jay Winter is the Charles J. Stille Professor of History Emeritus at Yale University.  He is a specialist on World War I and its impact on the 20th century.  Previously, Winter taught at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the University of Warwick, the University of Cambridge, and Columbia University.  In 2001, he joined the faculty of Yale.  Winter is the author or co-author of 25 books, including Socialism and the Challenge of War; Ideas and Politics in Britain, 1912-18Sites of Memory, Sites of Mourning: The Great War in European Cultural HistoryThe Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century; Rene Cassin and the rights of man, and most recently, War beyond words: Languages of remembrance from the Great War to the present.  In addition he has edited or co-edited 30 books and contributed 130 book chapters to edited volumes.  Winter was also co-producer, co-writer, and chief historian for the PBS/BBC series The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century, which won an Emmy Award, a Peabody Award and a Producers Guild of America Award for best television documentary in 1997.  He has received honorary doctorates from the University of Graz, the University of Leuven, and the University of Paris.