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Virtual: Unsettling Borders 2020 Conference: Learning, Teaching & Community-Building with Refugees

November 6, 2020 at 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Learning, Teaching and Community-Building with Refugees

This roundtable brings together scholars, activists, and NGO volunteers to discuss how to learn from and with refugees, teach about refugees, and engage with refugee communities. What are the strategies for resisting the racialization and marginalization of refugees and for developing an appreciation of refugee experiences, knowledge, and contributions to societies? What interventions in research, in the classroom, and in community organizing are required to promote ethical engagements with refugees and to maximize benefits flowing from these engagements to refugees and their communities?


Christian Wilhelm, Humboldt University of Berlin

Patricia Ehrkamp, University of Kentucky

Diya Abdo, University of North Carolina, Greensboro

Sandy Marshall, Elon University

Meagan Clawar, Refugee Community Partnership

Lizzie Russler, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Unsettling Borders 2020 Conference

This virtual conference explores how Middle Eastern refugee and immigrant experiences provide insights into the production of difference, boundaries, and borders by unsettling established understandings of identity, statehood, and territory in and on the edges of the European Union. In the context of a “fortress Europe” and growing xenophobia and anti-Muslim racism, it will address questions about who refugees and immigrants are and how they position themselves (or find themselves positioned) within systems of power operating at multiple scales and across a variety of spaces. This conference will center embodied Middle Eastern refugee and immigrant experiences to understand and theorize subjects, political spaces, and technologies of governance.

The conference includes a series of panel discussions and a roundtable:

Panel 1: Queer Refugees/Queering Refugee Studies (October 9, 2020)

Panel 2: Midnight Traveler: Uncertain Journeys to and through EU (October 16, 2020)

Panel 3: Racialization of Refugees in the EU (October 23, 2020)

Panel 4: Refugees and the “Crisis” of States: Rethinking Border Regimes and State Technologies/Mechanisms in the EU (October 30, 2020)

Roundtable: Learning, Teaching, and Community-Building with Refugees (November 6, 2020)

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Registration for this event is required.