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Petrovich Lecture

May 4 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Peter Gatrell headshot“Russia and Refugees: A 20th Century History”

Peter Gatrell
Professor Emeritus
University of Manchester

Thursday, May 4, 2023
4:00-5:30 PM
Location: Pyle Center, Room 121

Peter Gatrell retired from the University of Manchester in 2021 after a career of 45 years including serving as head of History and Classics between 1997 and 2002. Following graduate study at the University of Cambridge and Kiev State University, he was appointed to a post in international economic history, with a primary focus on Russia/USSR. Gatrell’s research and teaching interests subsequently evolved to include refugee history. He have taught courses in Russian and European economic history, Russian/Soviet social and cultural history, the cultural history of war, and refugees in modern history. He was a founding member of the University of Manchester’s Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute.

Gatrell’s publications include a prize-winning monograph, A Whole Empire Walking: Refugees in Russia during World War 1 (1999); Free World? The Campaign to Save the World’s Refugees, 1956-1963 (2011); and The Making of the Modern Refugee (2013). My latest book, The Unsettling of Europe: the Great Migration, 1945 to the Present, published by Penguin Books and Basic Books in 2019, was awarded the Nanovic Institute’s Laura Shannon Prize and Italy’s “Premio Cherasco”.

Gatrell is a Fellow of the British Academy (and chair the section devoted to modern history), a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He directed several research projects including between 2018 and 2021 the AHRC-funded research project, “Reckoning with refugeedom: refugee voices in modern history, 1919-1975”. Gatrell maintains several ongoing international collaborations, mainly in refugee history.

Co-sponsored by the Center for German and European Studies, the Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia, and the Mortenson-Petrovich Fund in the Department of History at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.



May 4
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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Madison, WI United States