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March 2019

Haunted by History

9 March 2019
Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square London WC1H 0PD United Kingdom + Google Map

A selection of recent essay films – poignant, thought-provoking, sometimes darkly humorous and frequently disturbing – made by UK-based members of the so-called ‘Second Generation’, namely, the children of refugees from Nazi Europe and/or Holocaust survivors, whose work explores the complex and necessarily problematic legacy of their families’ experiences.

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Four Parts of a Folding Screen

15 March 2019
Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square London WC1H 0PD United Kingdom + Google Map

Based on documents found in Berlin archives, Four Parts of a Folding Screen explores exclusion, statelessness and the legalised theft and sale of everyday family possessions by the National Socialist regime.

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September 2019

Conference: The Mad Silkman: Zika & Lida Ascher: Textiles and Fashion

9 September 2019 - 10 September 2019
The Museum of Decorative Arts, 17. listopadu Street No.2
110 00 Prague 1, Czech Republic
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In response to the positive reception the exhibition The Mad Silkman. Zika & Lida Ascher: Textiles and Fashion has enjoyed in the Czech Republic and abroad, among scholars and the general public alike, the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague has decided to host an international conference.

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Insiders/Outsiders: Refugee Dancers from Nazi Europe and their Contribution to British Culture

14 September 2019 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
The Performance Hub, WALSALL Campus, University of Wolverhampton, Gorway Rd
Walsall, West Midlands WS3 3EZ United Kingdom
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Free

This one-day symposium will examine the contribution of refugee dancers from Nazi Europe and their contribution to British Culture.

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November 2019

Refugee Art Dealers in Britain: Lectures and Round Table

2 November 2019 2:30 pm
Sotheby’s Institute of Art, 30 Bedford Square
London, WC1B 3EE United Kingdom
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£10 – £15

The aim of this event is to explore the experiences, impact and significance of those art dealers who fled Nazi Europe and set up in the UK before or during the Second World War. In line with other aspects of culture and enquiry at this time, this experience of dislocation changed the art world significantly as well as the status of particular artists and artistic movements, opening up channels for the dissemination of the new trends of the 1920s and 1930s. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the foundation of Sotheby’s Institute of Art, this event will combine short papers by experts in the field and a panel discussion which will contextualize the experiences and achievements of those who lived through these dramatic times.

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Innovation & Acculturation: The Émigré Art Historians and Britain

5 November 2019 - 6 November 2019
Queen Mary, University of London, 404 Bancroft Road
London, E1 4DH United Kingdom
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Free

The conference aims to reappraise and – where appropriate – to challenge the received narrative about the history of art history in Britain. It will seek to re-evaluate just how ‘German’ British art history became between 1920 and 1970, and to explore the interactions with neighboring disciplines, such as Medieval History and Classics.

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Bye Bye Bauhaus

30 November 2019
University of Westminster School of Architecture, 35 Marylebone Road
London, NW1 5LS United Kingdom
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£25 – £50

As the Bauhaus Centenary year comes to its close, what is left to say? The Bye Bye Bauhaus day symposium, offers new perspectives and stories that have not yet been told, concerning design in Germany and Britain during the past century.

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January 2020

Between Departure and Arrival: Re-Assessing the Work of Ilse Aichinger and Helga Michie

15 January
Austrian Cultural Forum London, 28 Rutland Gate
London, SW7 1PQ United Kingdom
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Free

Twin sisters Ilse Aichinger and Helga Michie responded to the tremors of the 20th century through different creative media. This international conference will be the first occasion where their oeuvres in literature and the visual arts will be examined conjointly and considered as reflections of personal experience and in the context of their time.

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Between Departure and Arrival: Re-Assessing the Work of Ilse Aichinger and Helga Michie

16 January - 17 January
University of London Senate House, Room 243, Malet Street
London, London WC1E 7HU United Kingdom
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Free

Twin sisters Ilse Aichinger and Helga Michie responded to the tremors of the 20th century through different creative media. This international conference will be the first occasion where their oeuvres in literature and the visual arts will be examined conjointly and considered as reflections of personal experience and in the context of their time.

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February 2020

Belonging and Not Belonging: An Art History Day School

8 February 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Royal West of England Academy, Queens Road
Bristol, BS8 1PX United Kingdom
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£30

Join Peter Wakelin, the curator of ‘Refuge and Renewal: Migration and British Art’ for an Art History Day School packed with fascinating stories of émigré artists and the impact of displacement. Peter will unpack some of the context in which this exhibition sits, and give an overview of this wide topic.

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March 2020

Cambridge: City of Scholars, City of Refuge, 1933-1945

5 March - 6 March
Trinity College, Garret Hostel Ln
Cambridge, CB2 1TJ United Kingdom
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£5

The New University Library seen from Memorial Court, Clare (1934) Cambridge University Library (Cam.bb.934.7). Image via CC BY-NC 3.0 Winstanley Lecture Theatre, Trinity College, Cambridge This conference is the first attempt to begin to reconstruct the ways in which Cambridge – university, colleges, and town – became a sanctuary for persecuted European academics, 1933-45. Papers will range widely across the…

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