Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Where do we go from here? One day symposium on Belgian refugees KU Leuven – Brussels Campus. 13 September 2018

Conference programme

8.45 – 9.00

9.00 – 9.05

9.05 – 9.25
Opening paper
·         Christophe Declercq, Janet Bradshaw

9.25 – 10.20
Community engagement and legacy
·         Anne Logan and Alison MacKenzie - Further Discoveries of the Belgian Community in Tunbridge Wells, Kent
·         Robert Lee - Forgotten Refugees of the First World War: Birkenhead’s Belgian community and their legacy

10.20 – 10.40
coffee break – posters are available

10.40 – 11.30
Local responses
·         Ciaran Stoker - Belgian Refugees in Devon during the First World War (provisional title)
·         Jolien De Vuyst - “Most of the time he was in England, he seemed to have a very, very good time”. A family history of two Belgian refugees in Birmingham (1914-1919)

11.30 – 12.45
Transnational and cross-cultural stories
·         Astrid de Beer - "Gasten en verse vis…"  Belgian refugees in Tilburg, 1914-1918
·         Julian Walker - Belgian refugees in British wartime culture
·         Jan Dewilde - Composers in exile: Music for the king, the people, and the fatherland

12.45 – 1.30
Lunch break – poster sessions

1.30 – 2.50
Panel: Belgian refugees in the Celtic ‘fringe’ of Scotland and Wales
·         Jacqueline Jenkinson - The effects of War trauma on Belgian refugees in Scotland
·         Kieran Taylor - The Catholic Church and Scotland’s Belgian Refugees
·         Lorna Hughes - Uncovering Belgian refugees in Wales (provisional title)

2.50 – 3.20
Small narratives, large impact: mental health and trauma
·         Rob Ellis, Rebecca Gill - Belgian refugees in British asylums: the case of Colney Hatch

3.20 – 3.30
coffee break – posters are available

3.30 – 4.50
Social history without borders?
·         Gilles De Beuckelaer - Profiles of Belgian refugees in Tilburg during WWI
·         Toni Vitti - Croeso cynnes Cymreig – A warm Welsh welcome
·         Helen Baker - Belgians in the Laboratory of Exile

4.50 – 5.20
Project presentation Tracing the Belgian Refugees
·         Alison Fell, Philippa Read, Christophe Declercq

5.20 – 6.30
Drinks and further networking

The event is kindly supported by the Faculty of Arts & Humanities, KU Leuven, Brussels Campus, as well as CERES, the Centre for Reception Studies (KUL).

Peter Cahalan has kindly accepted to act as honorary chairman of the event. The symposium expresses its sincere gratitude to Pat Heron and Marleen Van Ouytsel, who sadly did not live to enjoy the fruits of their efforts in relation to Belgian refugees research and commemorations. 

The conference fee is 20 euros, to be paid upon arrival. You need to register through https://www.eventbrite.com/e/where-do-we-go-from-here-one-day-symposium-on-belgian-refugees-tickets-49336808723

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