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Larissa Schmid: Cultural Encounters with and among ‘colonial’ prisoners of war (POWs) during the First World War

This PhD project forms part of the international collaborative research project Cultural exchange in a time of global conflict: Colonials, Neutrals and Belligerents during the First World War (CEGC) funded by HERA. It will be contributing to the overall research question by looking at ‘cultural encounters’ related to POW camps.
Thousands of ‘colonial’ soldiers from British, French and Russian territories were captured in POW camps in the German and Austro-Hungarian Empire during WWI. Individuals like businessmen, travelers, intellectuals or students were interned after the outbreak of the war. The project analyses POW camps as well as camps for civilians as one of many sites of encounter during wartime (like hospitals, trenches). It aims to explore the experience and representation of ‘colonial’ actors during the First World War in Europe by investigating written (e.g. camp newspapers, letters, reports) and visual sources (e.g. photographs, postcards, posters), as well as sound recordings. Thus, the project seeks to uncover spaces, processes and relationships between actors from various colonies in a situation of captivity and control.

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Cultural Exchange in a Time of Global Conflict: Colonials, Neutrals and Belligerents during the First World War (CEGC)

 

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