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Unsettling Displacement: A Feminist Geopolitics of Protracted Refugee Situations

Monday, October 15, 2018 at 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Rockefeller Hall, 122
Central Campus

Abstract: The international refugee regime and its tropes of ‘solutions’ have largely failed to provide security of person to most people displaced outside their countries of origin, and indeed is complicit in the extended exile most refugees endure. How, if at all, can feminist geopolitics take on the precarious conditions of human displacement across scales? While some scholars of feminist geopolitics (like me) have argued that the body is the finest scale of political space, others like Dixon (2015) contend otherwise: the individuated body and its presumed subjectivity obscure the power relations that traverse the earth and apply to bodily matter not necessarily framed in tacitly liberal Enlightenment ways. A constant tension between accountability to refugee subjectivities and the realpolitik of human containment and realist assumptions embedded international refugee regime haunts refugee studies, but both are bound by the limits of liberalism. This paper aims to address this tension head on and offer ways forward within and beyond the rubric of feminist geopolitics.

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Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, The Society for the Humanities, Anthropology, American Studies Program


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Prof. Jennifer Hyndman

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York University

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