2019 Weissbourd Conference: In Search of Asylum

Thursday, April 4, 2019

            3:00 – 3:15

Light Refreshments

            3:15 – 4:45

                        Panel 1 – Border Screens: Recognizing Asylum Seekers

Emily Ruehs-Navarro (Elmhurst College), “Writing Legends: Unaccompanied Immigrant Youth and the Quest for Asylum”

Monica Reyes (Old Dominion University), “(Corpo)real Stories: Embodiment Rhetorics in Asylum Narratives”

Janina Pescinski (Queen Mary, University of London), “Acts of Asylum: Performing Citizenship by Assisting Migrants”

            4:45 – 5:00


            5:00 – 6:45

Film Screening with Q&A

                        Yehuda Sharim (University of California, Merced), Seeds of All Things

Friday, April 5, 2019

            9:00 – 9:30


            9:30 – 10:30

                        Panel 2 – I Balance Sufferings: Politics and Psychology of Asylum in Egypt

Mai Yasser (Caritas Egypt Caseworker) and Ramy Magdy (Cairo University), “I Balance Suffering(s): Politics and Psychology of Humanitarian Caseworkers as Gatekeepers and Suffering Balancers at an Egyptian Transit Point”

            10:30 – 10:45


            10:45 – 12:00

                        Panel 3 – Sovereign Spaces: Asylum Where?

Laura Madokoro (McGill University), “On Hospitality and Protection: The Politics of Refuge and the American Indian Movement”

Erik Scott (University of Kansas), “Points of Escape, Places of Refuge: Embassies and Asylum Seeking in the Cold War”

            12:00 – 1:00


            1:00 – 2:15

                        Panel 4 – At the City Gates: Greek Tragedy and the Polis

Jutta Gsoels-Lorensen (Penn State University, Altoona College), “States of Asylum: Refugees and the City”

Asmina Karavanta (National & Kapodistrian University of Athens), “Riting Rights: The Apopolis and the Call on the City”

            2:15 – 2:30


            2:30 – 3:45

                        Panel 5 – Reconstituting Ruptured Lives: Perspectives on Belonging

Cristina Lombardi-Diop (Loyola University Chicago), “Refusing to Seek Asylum: Fugitive Bodies Across Borders”

                        Tabea Linhard (Washington University), “Displaced Ephemera: Documenting                                  Experiences of Asylum”

            3:45 – 4:00


            4:00 – 6:00

                        Keynote Lecture

James Hathaway (University of Michigan), “The Global Cop-Out on Refugees: Why the World Needs a Bold Plan to Save Refugee Protection”

            7:00 – 9:00

                        Conference Dinner (Venue TBD)