What is a Refugee Crisis?

What is a Refugee Crisis?

March 11
Symposium
10:00am - 6:00pm
Pembroke Hall 305
172 Meeting Street

This year, events in the Middle East, Africa and Europe have led to popular movements that have been described as the largest refugee crisis since WWII.  This demands a response, and how this crisis is defined, mediated, and understood is central to the responses (global and local, personal and political, affective and activist) that can be generated.  This day-long workshop, along with an accompanying visual archive, will consider the question of "what is a refugee crisis?" focused on media combined with political theory.  Speakers include Lorenzo Pezzani and Charles Heller, Forensic Architecture; Thomas Keenan, Bard College; Mezna Qato, Cambridge University; Paul Feigelfeld, Leuphana University; Itamar Mann, Georgetown University;  Alessandro Petti, De-colonizing Architecture Art Residency; Mia Charlene White, University of California/Santa Barbara; Ayten Gundogdu, Barnard College.  Brown faculty participants include:  Ariella Azoulay, Comparative Literature/Modern Culture and Media; Beshara Doumani, History/Middle East Studies; Bonnie Honig, Political Science/Modern Culture and Media; Lynne Joyrich, Modern Culture and Media; Nicola Perugini, Italian Studies/Middle East Studies; Sarah Tobin, Middle East Studies; and Vazira Zamindar, History.


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Co-sponsored by the Malcolm S. Forbes Center in Culture and Media Studies, History of Art and Architecture, Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, Italian Studies, History, Africana Studies, Middle East Studies, Comparative Literature, Political Science, Swearer Center for Public Service, John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage, the Creative Arts Council, American Studies, and the Cogut Center for the Humanities.


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