We will open our conference on the evening of Thursday, September 23rd with a screening of the documentary Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, followed by a discussion with filmmaker Zach Niles. The screening will take place in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis reception space, 4th floor, 20 Cooper Square, New York University.
Here is the film's trailer:
More information on the Refugee All Stars and the documentary here.
This three day symposium at New York University will draw together academics and practitioners working on refugee-related issues to explore how crisis, sovereignty, representation and culture intersect in the figure of the refugee. By highlighting the social agency, political activism, and cultural expressions that refugees enact, we hope to trouble conventional representations of the refugee as the fearful subject, bereft of speech, for a more robust sense of the political aspirations of these subjects.