Rights for Time: How Does the Refugee Enter Language?
Wed, 26 Jan 2022 14:30 - 15:30 Greenwich Mean Time (UTC±0)
Abdullah M. Awad will present his research on how the refugee experience enters language
About this event
In this webinar, Abdullah M. Awad will present his Rights for Time research. His case study brings together research on the visibility of transgenerational trauma and its intersectional and postcolonial dimensions in contexts of protracted displacement, war, and occupation from the perspectives of medical anthropology and development. Its focus from a medical and developmental perspective is hope and agency.
The case study focuses on Palestinian and Syrian refugees in Jordan and examines the language that they use to understand and describe their experiences, as well as the language used by the media and policymakers, and how it might colour our understanding of the refugee experience and shift the debate. Abdullah has used a mix of literary analysis, examination of archival records, and fieldwork to best understand the refugee experience.
Abdullah M. Awad is the founding director of the Institute for Critical Thought, where he convenes seminars on Islamic and western social thought, and a visiting fellow at Harvard University, where his research traverses intellectual history, continental philosophy, and religion. He has undertaken ethnographic work in China, India, Brazil, and Egypt, and lectured internationally on education and the social sciences. Currently an executive board member of Taghyeer, he was President of the Adelphic Union and a Herchel Smith Fellow at the University of Cambridge.
Heather Flowe, PI of the Rights for Time Network, and Prof of Psychology at the University of Birmingham
About Rights for Time Network
Rights for Time (Home | Rights for Time (rights4time.com)) is a research network consisting of multiple interdisciplinary projects across Kenya, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Rwanda. The network aims to bring the hidden legacies of conflict directly into humanitarian protection, and human rights policy and practice.