What to Expect When You’re Expecting Civil Rights: Thoughts on Urban History, Production of Space, and Law
This short presentation will focus upon my recent works on concentration camps for civilians of enemy origin in the two World Wars, and on a governmental housing project for munition workers in First World War London. These two subjects are mostly unrelated, but each of them represents in my study an attempt to use a spatial analysis of an urban crisis to enrich our historical understanding of the crisis itself. Along with presenting my current outcomes regarding the spatial history of the camps and the housing project I will add to the discussion some thoughts about the place of Law – and the expectations from the Law – in the interaction between people and space in times of crisis.
Assaf Mond is a post-doctoral fellow at the Minerva Center for the Rule of Law under Extreme Conditions since October 2021. Assaf is a scholar of the Total War, war-time urbanity, and concentration camps. He is currently working on his second book, tentatively titled The Untalked-of Concentration Camps: Imprisonment of Civilians in Liberal States (Britain, USA, Canada, and Australia) during two World Wars. He received his Ph.D. in 2019 from Tel Aviv University, where he studied under the guidance of Iris Rachamimov at the Zvi Yavetz School of Historical studies. Afterwards he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Open University and taught European history in Levinsky College of Education. His first book, The Changing Urban Space of Great-War London, 1914-1918, is currently being prepared for publication. An article he wrote, titled “Alexandra Palace: A Concentration Camp in the Heart of London”, will be published soon in a collection by Cornell University Press, World War I and Its Internments: Local, National, and Global Perspectives. His article “‘It is at Night-Time that we Notice Most of the Changes in Our Life caused by the War’: War-Time, Zeppelins and Children’s Experience of the Great War in London” was awarded The Gail Braybon Prize for Best Postgraduate Paper in the 9th Conference of the International Society for First World War Studies at Oxford University in 2016, and was published in Routledge’s 2018 War Time: First World War Perspectives on Temporality. His article “Chelsea Football Club and the Fight for Professional Football in First World War London” was published in the November 2016 issue of The London Journal. He published several other articles and book reviews in the Hebrew journals Historia and Zmanim, and in the latter he was also the Managing Editor between 2017-2020.
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