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Workshop – The Politics of Refugee Reception: Mobilization and the Law

October 18 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

This workshop focuses on the politics of refugee reception and their connections and disconnections from the legal procedures of asylum. Looked at from cross-disciplinary perspectives at the micro- and macro- levels, the workshop discusses political landscapes of reception, and particularly the processes of political mobilization around reception sites and the discourses around asylum and recognition that they animate.

Some of the questions to be explored are:

  •  What is the role of narratives of deservingness in political discourses and how do these
    narratives then feature at policy level in asylum processing and the assessment of credibility?
  • How are the boundaries between the legal and political processes of asylum assessment
    and political mobilization constructed, maintained, and transgressed?
  • What methodologies might be appropriate to study these connections?
  • What are the possibilities for ethical and activist research on these themes, and to what
    extent are (or should) the two (be) connected?

The workshop is supported by the British Academy, the Institute of Advanced Study as part of
The Politics of Credibility project, and the Durham Global Security Institute.

Workshop Agenda:

  • 10:00 – 10:30 Coffee and Introductions
  • 10:30 – 12:00 Session I: Refugee Reception and Asylum – Legal or Political processes?
    Chairs: Olga Demetriou (SGIA / DGSi, Durham) and Catherine Besteman (Colby College /
    IAS Fellow)
  • 12:00 – 1:00 Lunch Break
  • 1:00 – 2:30 Session II: Researching Reception and Mobilization – Methods and Ethics
    Chairs: Elisabeth Kirtsoglou (Anthropology / DGSi, Durham) and Shahram Khosravi
    (Stockholm University / IAS Fellow)
  • 2:30 – 3:00 Coffee Break
  • 3:00 – 4:30 Session III: Action and Activism – Locating Research and its Impact
    Chairs: Elizabeth Davis (Princeton) and Jacqueline Stevens (Northwestern University / IAS

To register your participation, please contact olga.demetriou@durham.ac.uk. Places are limited
to 20.


October 18
10:00 am - 4:30 pm


Institute of Advanced Study, Cosin’s Hall, Seminar Room


Dr Olga Demetriou and Dr Elisabeth Kirtsoglou

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