Archive: November, 2015

Call for papers: OHA Panel on “Seeking Asylum: Oral History, Law, and Refugee Crises”

Monday, November 30th, 2015


Call for Papers

Seeking Asylum: Oral History, Law, and Refugee Crises

For the submission to the

OHA Annual Meeting on ‘Traditions, Transitions and Technologies from the Field’
October 12-16, 2016
Long Beach, California
Renaissance Long Beach Hotel

Organizers: Katherine Fobear (Liu Institute for Global Issues, University of British Columbia) & Erin Jessee (Scottish Oral History Centre, University of Strathclyde)


Working Abstract

In 2015, the United Nationals Human Rights Commission reported that displacement and forced migration has reached the highest level ever since the 1980s. With the recent influx of refugees in Europe and North America, what is the role of oral history and oral historians working with refugees? Oral histories on refugees have brought to surface the experiential knowledge of forced migration and resettlement for refugees and their families. However, there has been little work reflecting on the use of oral history in the asylum process, and the multiple and conflicting roles that oral historians play in assisting refugee claimants and working with displaced populations. (more…)


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