UCL European Institute


A refugee child in London: on W. G. Sebald's novel 'Austerlitz'

22 November 2017, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm

Kindertransport Memorial

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As part of the Being Human Festival, Dr Mererid Puw Davies, Senior Lecturer in the School of European Languages, Culture and Society, discusses the seminal novel with students in a stunning setting.
Wednesday 22 November, 6:00pm-8:00pm

Wednesday 22 November 2017

Grant Museum of Zoology
Rockefeller Building
University College London
21 University Street
London WC1E 6DE


Today images and stories of child refugees, lost and found across Europe and beyond, challenge and haunt us. Come along for a free evening of talks, discussions and a film screening about one such story. The event focuses on one of our century's greatest novels, W. G. Sebald's Austerlitz (2001), about a child who comes to London in 1939 on a Kindertransport from Nazi-occupied Prague, and what happens to him afterwards. This book, entrancing, shocking and enigmatic by turns, recounts a search for Europe's past and present, as well as a lost personal history. Academics and students from University College London will present their perspectives on the novel.

This event takes place in the stunning Grant Museum of Zoology.

For event information, please contact Mererid Puw Davies at mererid.davies@ucl.ac.uk.

To hear Dr Puw Davies discuss her new book on West-German anti-authoritarian protest movement of the 1960s, find her conversation with Tim Beasley-Murray in the European Institute's podcast series 'Talking Europe'.