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Refugees and the international refugee regime are currently, and will likely continue to remain, in the forefront of international politics. From the US, UK and the countries of Europe, politicians and mass media outlets focus on the numbers of refugees and their potential to disturb the social order of their states. Social scientists and historians have not been sufficiently quick off the mark to engage with this dehumanization of people who have largely suffered significant social, economic, and physical violence. Nor has there been an adequate exploration of the agency, history, and resistance to silencing which these people have exhibited. Taking the modern state of Syria as the focus for a two-day workshop, this event endeavours to bring an inter- and cross-disciplinary focus on the forced migrations and exile of well over 5 million people from Syria in the 20th and 21st centuries. The workshop considers how practitioners in state and inter-governmental and non-governmental organisations situate themselves in relation to these displaced people.

Workshop convened by
Dawn Chatty, Emerita Professor of Anthropology and Forced Migration, Refugee Studies Centre, and Visiting Professor of Anthropology, NYUAD


By invitation only. Interested scholars please contact

Annual Harrell-Bond Lecture

The Annual Harrell-Bond Lecture is named in honour of Dr Barbara Harrell-Bond, the founding Director of the Refugee Studies Centre. It is held each year in Michaelmas term.

Past Annual Harrell-Bond Lectures

Annual Elizabeth Colson Lecture

The Annual Elizabeth Colson Lecture is held in Trinity term. It is named after Professor Elizabeth Colson, a renowned anthropologist.

Past Annual Elizabeth Colson Lectures

Public Seminar Series

Each term the RSC holds a series of public seminars, held on Wednesday evenings at Queen Elizabeth House. Click here for details of forthcoming seminars.

Forthcoming seminars

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Forthcoming events

Carceral junctions – stuckness and connectedness in camps

Wednesday, 28 October 2020, 5pm to 6pm @ Zoom webinar

Unlivable life: ordinary disasters and the atmosphere of crisis in Haiti

Wednesday, 04 November 2020, 5pm to 6pm @ Zoom webinar

Reflecting on Refugia

Wednesday, 11 November 2020, 5pm to 6pm @ Zoom webinar

Democracy after Right-Wing Populism | Annual Harrell-Bond Lecture 2020

Wednesday, 18 November 2020, 5pm to 6.30pm @ Zoom webinar

‘Belongers’ and ‘non-belongers’: dividing citizens in 1968

Wednesday, 25 November 2020, 5pm to 6pm @ Zoom webinar

Refugees and racial capitalism: what ‘integration’ in the labour market means

Wednesday, 02 December 2020, 5pm to 6pm @ Zoom webinar