SOAS University of London

Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies

Refugee Academics in the UK: past, present and future

Shula Marks (SOAS), Sawsan al-Assaf (SOAS), Jeremy Seabrook (CARA)

Date: 18 November 2009Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 18 November 2009Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: G51

Type of Event: Seminar

In this seminar, we will be looking at the history of refugee academics in the UK, whilst assessing the role of UK universities in welcoming refugee academics, and raising awareness of the issues involved, including questions of academic freedom.

The talk will outline the history of CARA (Council for Assisting Refugee Academics) from 1933 to the present and its continuing relevance, as the numbers of academic refugees in the UK increase.

The trials tribulations and politics of welcoming refugee academics will be highlighted with reference to the many testimonies in the publication ‘The Refugee and the Fortress.’ The importance of CARA as an organization will be highlighted in order to raise students’ awareness of the plight of refugee academics, and the efforts of their own institution, SOAS, thus far. SOAS currently ; Dephas a fellowship scheme as a part of the CARA university network, helping refugee academics continue their work in the UK.

Organiser: Paru Raman

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