Date and Time: May 25, 2016 | 8:30 AM–5:30 AM
Location: UC Riverside | INTS 1111, INTS1113, and INTS1128
Through panel discussions, the conference seeks to further the emergent field of Critical Refugee Studies. It will serve as a platform for the inquiry into globally displaced populations and their histories, bringing together panelists who will explore refugees originating from Central America, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. With a focus on refugees and their agency, the symposium decenters scholarship that portrays refugees as “problems” to be solved and absorbed by the host country.
Drawing from the fields of literary studies, feminist studies, cultural studies, and ethnic studies, the conference pivots on a critique of the braiding of militarism and imperialism that underlies forced migrations on a global scale. To this end, the conference will feature academics, artists and activists who have examined refugees through a critical lens, often in conjunction with a critique of empire and an emphasis on the creative expressions of refugeehood.
|9:30–11:00 AM||Keywords I: Critical Refugee Studies|
Mohamed Abumaye (UCSD), Yen Le Espiritu (UCSD), Lila Sharif (UIUC), Khatharya Um (UCB)
|11:00 AM–12:30 PM||Refugee Nation Workshop|
|1:30–3:00 PM||Keywords II: Critical Refugee Studies|
Victor Bascara (UCLA), Lan Duong (UCR), Ma Vang (UCM)
|3:00–3:30 PM||Poetry Reading|
Mai Der Vang
|3:30–4:00 PM||Rap Performance|
|4:00–4:30 PM||A Conversation with Artists, Q &A|
Mai Der Vang, praCh, Viet Thanh Nguyen
|5:00–5:15 PM||Close of Conference||INTS 1128|