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Katherine Mackinnon is a research assistant at Glasgow University working on a project on humans and animals in refugee camps. She also manages volunteering projects at Refugee Survival Trust. Her research interests include oral history, the intersection of public space and political engagement, and the geography of recipes.
Alyssa Girvan has a BA in Film and History and is currently studying a MA in Media and International Development at the University of East Anglia. Her research interests are documentary filmmaking and theory. She has also made some short films, including ‘Near and Far’ for the Norfolk Congolese Association in 2016.
Rachel Pistol is a Research Fellow at the University of Exeter. Her research focuses on Second World War internment in the UK and USA, immigration and refugee history, historical memory, the commemoration and the preservation of historical sites. She has appeared on the BBC and Sky News, and has articles in The Independent, Newsweek, and The Huffington Post. Her book Internment during the Second World War: A Comparative Study of Great Britain and the USA is published by Bloomsbury. She completed her BA, MA, and doctorate at Royal Holloway, University of London, under the supervision of Professor David Cesarani OBE.
Kieran Taylor is a history teacher and doctoral candidate at the University of Stirling. His research examines Glasgow Corporation’s response to Belgian Refugees. He is interested in the history of minority communities within Britain during the late 19th and 20th centuries and is funded by Glasgow Life.
Rebekah Klein-Pejšová is Associate Professor of History and Director of the Human Rights Program at Purdue University. She is the author of Mapping Jewish Loyalties in Interwar Slovakia (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2015), and recent contributions on Jewish refugees during World War One and the post-World War Two era.
Elisa Sandri is an independent researcher interested in migration, refugees and the role of volunteers in the European ‘refugee crisis’. She obtained a Master’s degree in Anthropology of Development from the University of Sussex in 2016. She worked as a researcher for the Norwegian Refugee Council, the Mekong Migration Network, DFID and WFP. She volunteered in Calais between 2015 and 2016, providing humanitarian aid to refugees in the unofficial ‘Jungle’ camp. She is also a trustee of the Hummingbird Refugee Project, a charity working with unaccompanied asylum-seeking children in the UK.