I-ON webinar: The World that Refugees made
Prof. Dr Pamela Ballinger
Thursday, 5 November 2020, 4 PM Cest
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In The World Refugees Made, Pamela Ballinger explores Italy's remaking in light of the loss of a wide range of territorial possessions—colonies, protectorates, and provinces—in Africa and the Balkans, the repatriation of Italian nationals from those territories, and the integration of these «national refugees» into a country devastated by war and overwhelmed by foreign displaced persons from Eastern Europe. Post-World War II Italy served as an important laboratory, in which categories were differentiating foreign refugees (who had crossed national boundaries) from national refugees (those who presumably did not) were debated, refined, and consolidated. Such distinctions resonated far beyond that particular historical moment, informing legal frameworks that remain in place today. Offering an alternative genealogy of the post-war international refugee regime, Ballinger focuses on the consequences of one of its key omissions: the ineligibility from international refugee status of those migrants who became classified as national refugees.
Prof. Dr Pamela Ballinger is Professor of History and the Fred Cuny Chair in the History of Human Rights at the University of Michigan. She holds degrees from Stanford (B.A. Anthropology), Cambridge (M.Phil Social Anthropology), and Johns Hopkins (M.A. Anthropology, PhD Anthropology and History). She is the author of History in Exile: Memory and Identity at the Borders of the Balkans (Princeton, 2003). She has published widely on refugees, decolonization, human rights, sea space, Italy, and former Yugoslavia.