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IASFM Annual Conference, Poznan, Poland, July 2016

IASFM Panels: Situating Refugee and Forced Migration Narratives: Process, Products, and Power

As part of the new IASFM Working Group for Refugee and Forced Migration Narratives, we are organized panels for the 16th Conference of the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration (IASFM), hosted by the Centre for Migration Studies, the Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, and the Faculty of Law and Public Administration at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland from July 12-15, 2016.

Co-Organizers: Anita Fábos (Clark U) and Dianna Shandy (Macalester Coll)

PANEL ABSTRACT: Situating Refugee and Forced Migration Narratives: Process, Products, and Power

Narratives have long been central to the work of refugee and forced migration scholars, practitioners, activists, and affected populations themselves. This panel considers the ways in which stories are told by, for, and about forced migrants and, critically, also the institutions that shape these migrations. Explicitly, or more often, implicitly, the experiences of refugees and forced migrants and their retelling are central to the domains of law, policy, history, anthropology, and any other discipline that seeks to harness the power of the story to bear witness, to change behavior, or to inform. By situating refugee and forced migration narratives within the framework of multiple and competing power relations, papers explore both the process of producing narratives and the outcomes of these situated narratives for individuals, institutions, and the state. We seek original papers and presentations on better understand the use and power of narrative and storytelling approaches in diverse settings. In particular, we encourage submissions that explore or incorporate technological advances in digital media and digital storytelling and its power to engage and influence audiences.

Sponsored by the IASFM Working Group on Refugee and Forced Migration Narratives Coordinators: Anita Fábos (Clark University) and Dianna Shandy (Macalester College and University of Minnesota)

SESSION I: 12 – 1:30 p.m.
Situating Refugee and Forced Migration Narratives: Process, Products, and Power I
Chair: Dianna Shandy

Mapping Narrative
(Dianna Shandy, Macalester College and the University of Minnesota)

Documenting Stories: Resettlement and Integration Challenges of East African Refugees (Nimo Bokore, York University, Faculty of Social Work)

The politics of age, agency and vulnerability in forced migration narratives of states, UNHCR and individuals
(Christina Clark-Kazak, York University, Centre for Refugee Studies )

SESSION II: 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Situating Refugee and Forced Migration Narratives: Process, Products, and Power II
Chair: Dianna Shandy

Intergenerational narratives and silences: The perspectives of second generation
(Alice Bloch, Manchester University)

(Applied) Storytelling: Culturally Appropriate Paths of Change and Interventions to Reduce Power/Knowledge Asymmetry and Incongruences between Refugees and Medical Providers
(Marianne Sarkis, Clark University)

Stories for Asylum: Narrative and Credibility in the United States' Political Asylum Application
(Madeline Holland, Cisneros Center for New Americans)

Understanding Greek Exceptionalism
(Effie Voutira, University of Macedonia)

SESSION III: 4 – 5:30 pm
Situating Refugee and Forced Migration Narratives: Process, Products, and Power III Chair: Anita Fábos

Witnessing: Working with Testimony for Refugee Advocacy
(Anita Fábos, Clark University, and Leora Kahn, PROOF: Media for Social Justice

The ways of belonging in narratives of immigrant youth from Chechnya and Ukraine living in Poland
(Marcin Boryczko, University of Gdansk )

Frontiers of equality and inequality in contextualizing refugees’ words and silences. (Indra Versmesse, Leuven University)

New social media and the politics of representation in refugee and diasporic narratives (Giorgia Doná, Univeristy of East London, and Marie Godin, Oxford University)

SESSIOIN IV: 11 am – 12:30 pm
Situating Refugee and Forced Migration Narratives: Process, Products, and Power IV Chair: Anita Fábos

In whose voice? and for whom? collaborative filming of narratives of migration
(Kasia Grabska, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland)

The refugee, the researcher and the narrative – power relations in narrative collection among displaced people
(Magdalena Suerbaum, SOAS)

Digital story-telling as intervention: Responding to individual and collective experiences of distress and social isolation among the internally displaced in Georgia (Namrita Singh, Johns Hopkins University)

Friday, July 15, 8 am, Room 3.1
Refugee and Forced Migration Narratives Working Group Meeting

For more information, contact panel co-organizers:

Anita Fábos
Associate Professor of International Development, Community, and Environment
Clark University

Dianna Shandy
2015-16 Executive Leadership Fellow
Center for Integrative Leadership, University of Minnesota
Professor of Anthropology
Macalester College

Visit the IASFM Working Group for Refugee and Forced Migration Narratives at our website: https://sites.google.com/a/macalester.edu/refugee-and-forced-migration-narratives/

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