Workshop: Citizenship until further notice? Refugees and revocation of nationality in the 20th century

Datum konání: 
19. 11. 2019, 0:00 - 20. 11. 2019, 0:00

denaturalization_workshop_passport.jpg?itok=2RvK_ANe Venue: Villa Lanna, V sadech 1, Praha 6

Claire Zalc, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris
Michal Frankl, Masaryk Institute and Archives of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague




November 19, 2019


9:30 – 10:00


Claire ZALC (Paris) / Michal FRANKL (Prague)


10:00 – 11:20

Revocation – a companion of modern citizenship?

Chair: Rudolf KUČERA (Prague)

  • Eric LOHR (Washington, DC): The Soviet Great Denaturalization in Historical Context
  • Yaron JEAN (Beersheba): A System without Order: Travel Documents and Mass Statelessness in Europe after World War I

11:20 – 11:40

Coffee break



Categories of exclusion I

Chair: Ágnes KELEMEN (Prague/Budapest)

  • Alina BOTHE (Berlin): “Staatenlos durch Ausbürgerung” – The de-naturalization of naturalized Jews with Eastern European heritage in Germany from 1933 onwards
  • Claire ZALC (Paris): How to denaturalize Jews under the Vichy France (1940-1944)? The administrative routinization of everyday anti-Semitism


13:00 – 14:00



14:00 – 16:00

Categories of exclusion II

Chair: Věra HONUSKOVÁ (Prague)

  • Elif BECAN (Paris): “Although he is of Christian religion…”. Deprivation of citizenship in post-Ottoman Turkey and the case of Sabri Mahir Bey
  • Ion POPA (Manchester): Churches and the Revocation of Nationality for Jews: The Case of the Romanian Orthodox Church and Its Patriarch/Prime Minister Miron Cristea
  • Maggie PAUL (Adelaide): Insecurization and the Citizenship regime: Politics of insecurity around Bangladeshi Migrants in India


16:00 – 16:20

Coffee break


16:20 – 17:40

(Dis)Loyalty and citizenship

Chair: Kateřina KRÁLOVÁ (Prague)

  • Ibrahim KAYA (Istanbul): Denaturalization of ‘Escapees’ in Times of Coup D’Etat in Turkey
  • Nikola KARASOVÁ (Prague): The Revocation of Greek Citizenship of Greek Civil War Refugees: The Case of Czechoslovakia



Dinner for speakers and chairs


November 20, 2019


9:30 – 10:50

Stateless trajectories 1

Chair: Thomas CHOPARD (Paris)

  • Nathalie MOINE (Paris): Successful emigrant entrepreneurs, siblings’ trajectories and the impact of the denaturalization policy in Vichy France
  • Vincent ARTUSO (Luxembourg), Jakub BRONEC (Luxembourg), Georges BÜCHLER (Luxembourg), Marc GLODEN (Luxembourg), Denis SCUTO (Luxembourg): Six Jewish stateless families between the millstones of the Luxembourg authorities


10:50 – 11:10

Coffee break


11:10 – 12:30

Stateless trajectories 2

Chair: Dieter HECHT (Vienna)

  • Marie BOSSAERT (Rome): “I would like to get my true nationality – the Italian one – back”: applications for Italian citizenship and protection during the occupation of Istanbul (1919–1923)
  • Sima VELKOVICH (Jerusalem): Polish citizenship as a way to freedom: changing personal story in the documents of Jewish refugees from the USSR right after WWII

12:30 – 13:30



13:30 – 15:30

Contesting denaturalization

Chair: Claire ZALC

  • Ségolène PLYER (Strasbourg): Ascribing Czechoslovakian citizenship to ex-Wehrmacht soldiers? Practices regarding the repatriation of prisoners of war after 1945 at the Ministry of Interior in Prague
  • Laure BLÉVIS (Paris): Nationality revocations and Immigrants judicial appeals in post WWII France
  • Michal FRANKL (Prague): “Appalling moral blow.” Polish Jews appeal the 1938 revocation of citizenship


15:30 – 15:50

Coffee break


15:50 – 17:10

Colonial and post-colonial dimensions


  • Laura Maria FREY (Basel): Disputed Citizenship. Black families in Germany, 1918–1933
  • Luan STAPHORST (Port Elizabeth): Between Revoking and Invoking Citizenship: the problematic intersection of Apartheid South Africa, Pass Laws and the Post-Colonial Condition


17:10 – 17:50

Conclusion and final discussion


The workshop is supported by the Czech Science Foundation, project “Citizens of the No Man’s Land”, no 18-16793S, and the Agence Nationale de la Recherche (France) TREMPLIN project, no 18-ERC1-0003-01. It is organized in cooperation with the ERC Consolidator project Unlikely refuge? and the ERC Consolidator project LUBARTWORLD.


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