About June 2017


Engaging Refugee Narratives

Perspectives from Academia and the Arts III

Engaging Refugee Narratives:  Perspectives from Academia and the Arts III continues to bring together academics, arts-based NGOs and artists working with refugees.  The personal narratives of refugees, migrants and others in transition reveal problems faced as well as sources of resilience and strength. All people make sense of their lives through telling their own stories. Academics and other researchers and writers listen, record, analyse these.  Such stories are also an essential part of the work of NGOs and artists as they collaborate with refugees and each other.

On June 16 and 17, 2017, our focus is on how dissemination of narratives by and about refugees and migrants travel, how ideas are shared and become meaningful to a larger group, how influence builds.  Again, we explore arts-based practices and interventions employing personal narratives that are aimed at aiding the process of adjustment to trauma and new circumstances. This third event in the Engaging Refugee Narratives series will explore graphic memoir and cartooning, different forms of live performance of telling stories, digital forms of communication and online archiving. 

Over two days at University College London, we will combine talks, demonstrations, interactive workshops, and roundtable discussions. Presenters will include artists, researchers, writers, activists and practitioners.  The two days are open to the public.

This event, the third in our series, recognizes the need to signal the importance of engagement with the narratives not only of refugees but the many others whose lives are in transition. Ultimately we hope that such engagement and interventions pave the way towards social transformations.

Dr. Ruth Mandel (UCL) and Dr. Susan Pattie (UCL, Armenian Institute) organized Engaging Refugee Narratives, partnering with Dr. Shireen Walton (UCL) and Rob Pinney.

Funded by UCL Global Engagement Office. In partnership with UCL Department of Anthropology, UCL Grand Challenges, UCL Social and Historical Sciences Faculty, UCL Institute for Human Rights and Graduate Institute Geneva Department of Anthropology.