Partition Machine: The 1923 Treaty of Lausanne 100 Years Later

Date / time: 10 August - 11 August, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Partitions are everywhere. The media and policy spaces are riddled with calls for new partitions, as in Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq, or the reignition of tensions by the unravelling of old ones, like in post-Brexit Northern Ireland and Kashmir. How did we get here? What insights could we draw from partitions’ brutal past, their lived experiences, and their shared intellectual genealogies to understand them in contemporary times?

Partition Machine is a two-day conference at the University of Glasgow on the centennial of the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne to examine how the Treaty was the genesis of the norm for territorial divisions as a “solution” to protracted political violence in the world. The conference shall foreground new research on territorial divisions, their travelogues, and worldmaking influence in order to better understand the world that partitions have made in the short twentieth century.

The conference will be delivered hybrid, online and in-person, at the University of Glasgow. Tickets are from £2-10 per day and are available via Eventbrite.

The programme outlines two days of activities and will include chaired discussions alongside networking opportunities.

For more information and to download the full programme, please visit: Partition Machine: The 1923 Treaty of Lausanne 100 Years Later | The British Academy

Dr Jayita Sarkar, University of Glasgow

Supported by
College of Social Sciences Conference Team
Ms Rochelle Chlala, LLB candidate
Mr Neil O’Docherty, PhD candidate in History
Funded by a 2023 British Academy Conference Grant (BAC23\220114) and the Scottish Council on Global Affairs.


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