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Refugees, Camps and Global Governance

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 4:00pm


Thompson 420

Talk by Rawan Arar, postdoctoral Fellow at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University. Her talk is entitled: "Refugees, Camps, and Global Governance" and is based on extensive ethnographic fieldwork in a refugee camp in Jordan. About her research, she writes: "I ask, how does Jordan maintain sovereignty while hosting millions of refugees? To answer this question, I focus on the contemporary Syrian refugee response. I study the social construction of sovereignty by exploring interactions among Syrian refugees, Jordanian citizens and humanitarian aid workers, and government, UN, and INGO officials. Through ethnography and in-depth semi-structured interviews conducted in Arabic and English, I study how these groups interact with one another to bring the practice of sovereignty into being. My methodological approach to the study of sovereignty allows me to theorize about how sovereignty is not only a top-down, state-imposed project, but one that is also shaped by the behaviors of refugees and citizens."

Refugees, Camps, and Global Governance



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