Event: Free Webinar Series on Refugee and Forced Migration Narratives

The IASFM Refugee and Forced Migration Narratives Working Group is hosting a series of webinars.  Please join us by clicking on the link under each webinar to register.

October 26, 2015

10:00 am EDT/2:00 pm GMT

Using Video Narratives to End Silence on Conflict-related Sexual Violence

This webinar coincides with the launch of a new film and series of five-minute individual activist stories made by a refugee-led group of male survivors of sexual violence in Kampala with the support of the Media for Social Change Programme of the Refugee Law Project, Makerere University (Uganda). The webinar will be led by team members Darius King Kabafunzaki and Dieudonne Maganya, assisted by Patrick Otim and Moses Alfred Nsubuga. The format for the webinar will include a presentation, screening of film clips, and Q & A.

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November 3, 2015

12 pm EDT/5 pm GMT

From ‘Displacements’ to ‘In Flux’— Challenging Narratives through Artistic Experimentation

Independent visual artist and photographer Marie Ange Bordas  presents some of her previous work  and projects amongst refuge communities to explore how her perception on narrative building has been evolving through the years and how her key concerns have moved from ‘displacements’ to ‘in flux’. She will share her dialogic and participatory approach in her search for intimacy between her own subjectivity, the people involved in her projects, and the public. Dealing with issues of displacement, memory, loss and recovery, Marie Ange articulates the individual and collective through personal experiences and its social implications, trying to create space for discussion. The format for the webinar will be a presentation and Q & A.

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November 6, 2015

12 pm EDT/5 pm GMT

Trafficking Narratives of Enslavement and Forced Migration

Co-presenters Wendy Hesford and Amy Schuman, both Professors of English at Ohio State University, describe their different approaches to narrative using a recent New York Times article, “Enslaving Young Girls,” as an exemplar of the trafficking of sexual humanitarianism in international news media and the prominence of the figure of the sexually violated non-Western female as both exceptional and representative.  Wendy will discuss the concept of “trafficking sexual humanitarianism.” Amy will look at the role of personal accounts in these narratives and at the ways that the different characters are positioned in the stories. Their approaches are compatible but they employ different conceptual and methodological tools.  The format for the webinar will be a presentation and Q & A.

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For more information, contact Dianna Shandy, shandy@macalester.edu or Anita Fábos, afabos@clarku.edu, Working Group Coordinators, or visit the website.