“Placeless People: Writing, Rights and Refugees” Lecture by Prof Lyndsey Stonebridge

On 22 May 2018, 17:30-19:30, Professor Lyndsey Stonebridge (Refugee Hosts Co-I), will give the John Coffin Memorial Annual Lecture at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, 17 Russel Square, London, WC1B 5DR.

The lecture, titled “Placeless Peoples: Writing, Rights and Refugees”, will discuss how writers such as Arendt, Orwell, Simone Weil, Dorothy Thompson, and Samuel Beckett responded to the mass displacements of the last century, and anticipate many of the issues we confront today. Sceptical about the ability of human rights to legislate for refugees, yet committed to universal justice, these writers challenge us to imagine new terms for placelessness in modern times.

Prof Stonebridge’s lecture will also draw on Refugee Hosts research, including the creative writing workshops we are completing with refugee and host communities in Lebanon and Jordan.

To register for a ticket, please visit the IALS website here. The event is free but advanced booking is required.

The event will be followed by a reception.

Featured Image: Some refugees view the real-estate market inside the camp to be a threat to their repatriation. Here a refugee has sprayed the following sentence on his shelter: “No to resettlement, this shelter is not for sale.” (c) S. Maqusi. 2014.

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