[MGSA-L] THE CHILDREN OF WORLD WAR TWO (Slovenia, 9-10 April 2015)

June Samaras june.samaras at gmail.com
Wed Sep 24 13:30:27 PDT 2014

*Subject:* CFP: THE CHILDREN OF WORLD WAR TWO (Slovenia, 9-10 April 2015)

Dear all,

please let me inform you about the CFP for the conference in Ljubljana,

Kind regards

Blaž Vurnik

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*Blaž Vurnik Ph.D* | museum counsellor
*MGML | City Museum of Ljubljana* | Gosposka 15 | 1000 Ljubljana |
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CFP: THE CHILDREN OF WORLD WAR TWO (Slovenia, 9-10 April 2015)

A conference to be held at the City Museum of Ljubljana, Slovenia, on 9 and
10 April 2015

Wartime is a source of distress for everyone caught in the maelstrom of
occupation, military operations, war economy or any other circumstance
brought about by armed conflicts. Children are the most vulnerable segment
of society, with a wartime situation affecting them in their most delicate
formative years. Once the conflict itself is over and life starts to return
to normal, the experience of war remains in children as a permanent part of
their lives.

Studying the history of wartime childhood can produce several different
insights. Some children needed to hide as they were under a direct physical
threat, others found themselves either with their parents in prison or on
their own in concentration camps. Many did not survive. Those who did
survive were later accompanied by the war, sometimes for a lifetime. Some
children did not have any civil rights, others needed psychosocial help
which they did not receive. This was also due to the fact that children who
lived far from actual combat and were seemingly unaffected were not
recognised as victims of the war.

Both the wartime shortages and the transformation of needs during a time
when the priority of both individuals and societies was to survive had an
influence on children’s everyday life, i.e. on their relations with their
peers and adults, on their play, schooling, education and the material
bases for growing up. One segment of European childhood history is
accounted for by wartime and post-war life in totalitarian environments in
which children were given a position different to that provided to them in
democratic societies.

The conference to be held at the City Museum of Ljubljana aims to identify
various interdisciplinary experiences involved in the study of the
circumstances which WW2 children experienced and still experience today. Up
to 15 guest speakers will be selected who will present their research
focussing on the following themes:

- Childhood during WW2

- Hiding the children of members of resistance movements and persecuted
groups of the population

- State organisations dedicated to caring for children in the occupied
parts of Europe

- Children as internees in prisons and camps

- Children as refugees

- Children returning home after the end of the war

- Post-war reuniting of families separated during the war and making them
operational again

- Post-war authorities’ attitudes to different groups of children – victims
of the war – after WW2 in Europe

- Children of occupation soldiers and women native to the occupied
territories during and after the war

- WW2 children handing down their memories to later generations – memories
and values

- Children – victims of war – in the post-war ideological environment of
Eastern and South-east Europe

- Children of World War Two in museum projects and exhibitions

The conference will consist of presentations (each up to 30 minutes) of
contributions by the selected participants.

Please submit a summary in English not exceeding 300 words and a short CV
to the address hiddenchildren at mgml.si no later than 3 November 2014.
Participants will be informed about the inclusion of their contributions in
the conference programme no later than 24 November 2014. The deadline for
the submission of contributions is 27 February 2015. The conference will be
held on 9 and 10 April at the City Museum of Ljubljana, Gosposka ulica 15,
Ljubljana. The publication of some contributions is planned.

The travel and accommodation costs in Ljubljana of participants delivering
speeches will be reimbursed partially or in full.

Organising Committee:

Blaž Vurnik Ph.D.

Janez Polajnar M.A.

Maja Kovač

Aleksander Hribovšek
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