Programme – June 2017


Engaging Refugee Narratives

Perspectives from Academia and the Arts III

Dissemination/Archived, Live and Graphic NonFiction

16-17 June 2017 – Anthropology Department, University College London 

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.

Friday 16 June

09:30 – 10:00 – Welcome and Introduction

Dr. Ruth Mandel & Dr. Susan Pattie

10:00 – 12:00 – Digital/Archived

This session examines the notion of the digital archive; a virtual record tracing life as lived, as well as a culturally, politically, and epistemologically (a)live space in which narratives, identities and social relations are (re-)produced, contested and affirmed. We consider, in particular, the roles played by social media and digital technologies in the everyday lives and storytelling practices of refugees and migrants, and in academic research and applied/artistic work that seeks to engage with these issues.

Dr. Ruth Mandel, UCL (Moderator)

Dr. Shireen Walton, UCL
Living Digital Archives: Out of Place in Cyberspace

Dr. Koen Leurs, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands
Researching Young Connected Migrants Differently. The Smartphone as Personal Pocket Archive

Prof. Patricia Spyer, Graduate Institute Geneva
Provoking Peace – Some Lessons from Indonesia

Dr. Cathrine Bublatsky, University of Heidelberg
Another Country. Art and Archivism

12:00 – 12:30 – Keynote Lecture

Prof. Alessandro Monsutti, Graduate Institute Geneva
Conflicting Performance: Afghan Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Europe 

Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, UCL

12:30 – 2:00 – Lunch

2:00 – 3:30 – Workshops

Anthony Anaxagorou, The Poetry of Life

JoJo Hynes, Sides to a Story

Dr. Rachel Lehr, Sewing Confidence

3:30 – 4:00 – Tea & Coffee

4:00 – 5:30 – Live

Storytelling includes “true stories told live” within formal and informal settings, faction and fiction – stories created with a purpose, a moral, a parable.  Here we explore the impact of live presentations of narratives, both on the teller and the audiences. This impact is sometimes multiplied by being later broadcast via social or other media but our focus here is on the shared event of performing and listening in person.  “Presentation” is broadly understood to include those who call themselves storytellers but also poets, teachers, singers, actors, puppeteers, clowns, and others.

John Johnston, ArtEZ Netherlands (Moderator)

Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, University of Oxford and Writer in Residence, Refugee Hosts, UCL
The Camp is Time

Becky Finlay Hall, David Stothard and Emma Brown, Olivebranch Arts
Sahrawi Refugee Project at Olivebranch-arts

Prof. Lindsay French, Rhode Island School of Design
Listening for Stories

5:00 – Reception at Department of Anthropology

Saturday 16 June  

9:30 – Tea & Coffee

10:00 – 12:00 – Graphic Memoir, Graphic Nonfiction & Cartooning

Illustrated storytelling on paper is also a powerful form of expression.  Whether used to educate and share information or to bare one’s soul through an exploration of a life in progress, graphic nonfiction reaches a broad audience. It has the advantage of the images going beyond “illustration” of the words and working themselves to add multiple layers of meaning to be discerned and interpreted by the reader/viewer. Presenters will show varied forms of graphic nonfiction and discuss the impact and implications of this increasingly popular form of communicating.

Dr Susan Pattie, UCL (Moderator)

Dominic Davies, University of Oxford
Crossing Borders, Bridging Boundaries: Reconstructing the Rights of the Refugee in Comics

Karrie Fransan, Illustrator
Crossing Boundaries: The Power of Comics in Spreading the Stories of Refugees

Sarah Glidden, Graphic Artist
Rolling Blackouts

12:00 – 12:30

Oren Ziv, Photographer and Co-Founder of ActiveStills
Archive of Struggles

12:30 – 2:00 – Lunch

Tour of Perilous Journey at Brunei Gallery, SOAS

2:00 – 3:30 – Workshops

Tom Bailey, Migration and Theatre (30 participants max.)

Rachael Ball, Loss and Displacement (20 participants max.)

Gabi Froden, From Script to Story (20 participants max.)

4:00 – 5:00 – Summary and Evaluations

Note:  Graphic nonfiction exhibition, Perilous Journeys, at Brunei Gallery SOAS on theme of migration will be ongoing during these events.