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Can responses to mass displacement be convivial?

Wednesday 16 May 12:00 until 13:30
Fulton 101
Speaker: Dr Tahir Zaman
Part of the series: Geography Department Research Seminars

Chair: Michael Collyer 


While humanitarian policy-makers and practitioners continue to persist with encampment as the default context to respond to mass displacement, my point of departure is that displaced people have long sought to spontaneously self settle in cities - often outside of the humanitarian gaze. Formal humanitarian actors are responding to this autonomous movement by locating themselves in urban contexts where they are simply one of a number of possibilities available to displaced people. Drawing on Islamic traditions of jiwār or neighbourliness that I engaged with in my doctoral work, I want to ask whether a more networked and less hierarchical response to mass displacement organised around understandings of conviviality is emerging. 

ALL WELCOME (Coffee/ tea and cake is provided)

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