Workshop - Call for Papers
Critical Approaches to Internal Displacement
Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford
30 June & 1 July 2008
The post-Cold War period has seen the rapid emergence of the internally
displaced person as an object of international humanitarian concern.
Transformations in state sovereignty and the nature of warfare, a
shifting global order and the construction of a new humanitarian
architecture have all served to make the internal displacement of people
within their own borders one of the most important political issues of
the early 21st century.
To date however, much of the research on internal displacement has been
policy focused, and there is a significant lack of research that
proceeds from a critical perspective. This workshop seeks to address
this gap by bringing together analysts who examine internal displacement
by using tools derived from critical theory, social theory, critical
geography, anthropology, political economy and critical legal studies.
The aim of the workshop is twofold: 1) to show the value that a critical
perspective can bring to the examination of internal displacement, and
2) to investigate what it means to be ‘critical’ in doing such research.
The Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford will host this
two-day event, which will take place on the 31st June and the 1st July
2008, and invites potential participants to submit presentation
abstracts on any subject that addresses internal displacement from a
broadly critical perspective. Abstracts should be no more than 300 words
long and should be submitted no later than the 21st April 2008 to the
workshop convener [log in to unmask] Participants will be
expected to cover their own costs for attending this event, though some
limited funding maybe available for those who would otherwise be unable
to attend. Priority will be given to those from the Global South.
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