The Refugee Studies Centre will host this international conference to reflect on the role that Refugee Studies can play in the world
RSC Conference 2017
Thursday 16 March and Friday 17 March 2017
Keble College Oxford
The Refugee Studies Centre will host a major international conference in March 2017, thirty-five years after the RSC was founded. Its purpose is to reflect on the role that Refugee Studies can play in the world. In the context of profound changes in the nature of forced displacement, this conference will assess what kinds of knowledge, evidence, and concepts are needed to understand and respond to contemporary challenges.
Over the past two years, the so-called European refugee crisis has created unprecedented public interest in forced displacement, as well as a demand for research. Yet despite a series of policy-oriented conferences, there have been few spaces in which to reflect on the state of Refugee Studies and to explore the extent to which we have the academic tools necessary to think about and respond to a changing world.
Against this backdrop, this conference seeks to reinvigorate scholarly debate on ways in which we can conceive of Refugee and Forced Migration Studies. By bringing together a range of reflective thinkers and their work, alongside policy-makers and practitioners, our hope is to develop a research agenda and scholarly community that can engage meaningfully with the long-term challenges of forced displacement
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We have a very limited number of day passes available for the conference. These will not include the dinner on the Thursday.
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Please note that should the capacity of the main plenary theatre be reached, participants will be able to watch the Keynote and Endnote addresses in a relay to a separate room.