Hsozkult.de has published a conference report on the “Captivity in War” conference that was held previously this year in Zürich (Tagungsbericht: Captivity in War: A Global Perspective, 23.03.2018 – 24.03.2018 Bern, in: H-Soz-Kult, 05.09.2018, <www.hsozkult.de/conferencereport/id/tagungsberichte-7855>.).
In their opening remarks, TAMARA BRAUN (Zurich) and MARCEL BERNI (Zurich) outlined some of the current approaches to the study of captives in war. They highlighted the importance of looking beyond western theatres of war to lesser-known wars and the difficulties of the term "Prisoners of War" (POW), as it is limited to a specific type of prisoner and frequently used in a legalistic manner. Therefore, they argued in favour of the broader term of "captives" as it includes non-military personnel as well as being better suited to acknowledge the variety of definitions over time and in different places.
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(Source: ESCLH Blog)