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RSC conference to reflect on role of Refugee Studies
The Refugee Studies Centre will host a major international conference this week, 35 years after the RSC was founded. Its purpose is to reflect on the role that Refugee Studies can play in the world. In the context of profound changes in the nature of forced displacement, this conference will assess what kinds of knowledge, evidence, and concepts are needed to understand and respond to contemporary challenges.
The conference plenary sessions will be live streamed here: http://bit.ly/2nDOdaJ
Over the past two years, the so-called European refugee crisis has created unprecedented public interest in forced displacement, as well as a demand for research. Yet despite a series of policy-oriented conferences, there have been few spaces in which to reflect on the state of Refugee Studies and to explore the extent to which we have the academic tools necessary to think about and respond to a changing world.
Against this backdrop, this conference seeks to reinvigorate scholarly debate on ways in which we can conceive of Refugee and Forced Migration Studies. By bringing together a range of reflective thinkers and their work, alongside policy-makers and practitioners, it aims to develop a research agenda and scholarly community that can engage meaningfully with the long-term challenges of forced displacement
The conference, Beyond Crisis: Rethinking Refugee Studies, takes place 16-17 March. Follow on Twitter using #RSC2017.