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Dear Faculty and Students,

Please mark your calendars now for a conference, "The Refugee Crisis," to be held on October 24-25, 2019.

The conference is organized by Andreas Feldmann, Lynette Jackson, and Sultan Tepe, in a collaboration with the Institute for the Humanities. More detailed information on speakers and schedule is forthcoming.

Conference Description:

The world is in the grip of an international refugee crisis.  Over 68 million people have been displaced from their homes due to war, state collapse, persecution, terrorism, poverty, and climate catastrophes.  While these numbers have never been greater, many refugee destination countries have responded with restrictionist and anti-immigrant policies. Those seeking refuge are treated as unwelcome intruders and are subject to marginalization, dehumanizing detention, or deportation.  The precarious position of refugees is further exacerbated by unstable conditions in host states. This conference gathers scholars, activists, and artists to examine the refugee crisis from a comparative regional perspective. Through panels, storytelling, lectures, and performances, it will interrogate the conditions that have led to the crisis; critically examine existing legal definitions of refugees; analyze responses to the crisis by governments, organizations, activists, and refugees; and explore new strategies for protecting and accommodating precarious populations.

Best wishes,

Mark Canuel

Mark E. Canuel
Director, Institute for the Humanities
Professor, Department of English
Institute for the Humanities MC 206
University of Illinois at Chicago
701 South Morgan Street, B2 SH
Chicago, IL  60607-7040