BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 PRODID:-//Middle East Studies Program - ECPv4.8.2//NONSGML v1.0//EN CALSCALE:GREGORIAN METHOD:PUBLISH X-WR-CALNAME:Middle East Studies Program X-ORIGINAL-URL: X-WR-CALDESC:Events for Middle East Studies Program BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20200306 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20200308 DTSTAMP:20191021T051059 CREATED:20190808T173325Z LAST-MODIFIED:20190808T173344Z SUMMARY:International Conference: Refugees in/from the Middle East DESCRIPTION:Refugees in/from the Middle East: \nPolicy Implications\, Education\, and Artistic Representations \nUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison \nThis interdisciplinary conference brings together scholars from the social sciences and humanities who examine forced migration within the context of the Middle East. It seeks presentations from scholars whose work aligns with one or more of the following themes: \n\nNational\, regional\, and global policy toward refugees: The Middle East is currently both the source of and host to some of the largest forcibly displaced populations in the world. What has been the response to this displacement on the part of national\, regional\, and global actors? What discourse about refugees and immigration have emerged from these various responses? How have these responses impacted and been impacted by refugees in/from the Middle East?\n\n\nRefugees\, education\, and identity: Within the context of current massive displacements\, schools (and education at large) play a very important role in shaping young people’s identity through education policies\, teaching practices\, content of knowledge taught and learned\, and language of instruction. How have teaching practices in the realms of socio-political analysis\, scientific inquiry\, and language impacted and been impacted by refugees in and from the Middle East? How is refugee identity transformed by and transforming the education practices geared toward integration into the host state?\nRefugees and artistic representations: Contemporary artists and writers have used a wide range of mediums to not only to capture experiences of forced displacement\, but also to bring awareness to the healing power of artistic expression in relation to the trauma of forced displacement\, and to highlight the role of art in transcultural communication in host countries. How have contemporary artists and writers responded to the recent refugee crises within and emanating from the Middle East?\n\nWhile its geographical focus is the Middle East\, the conference seeks to contribute to a better understanding of the challenges related to forced migration in the 21st century and to weigh in on attempts to find constructive solutions to these challenges. It aims to open up new ways of thinking about refugees and telling the many important and yet untold stories of migration. \n  \n*Related to the conference and for 6 weeks (mid-february until end of March)\, the School of Human Ecology will host the multi-media installation\, UNPACKED: Refugee Baggage. This exceptional exhibition is the work of Syrian-born\, New Haven CT artist and architect Mohamad Hafez and Iraqi-born writer and speaker Ahmed Badr. Hafez sculpturally re-creates rooms\, homes\, buildings and landscapes that have suffered the ravages of war. Each is embedded with the voices and stories of real people — from Afghanistan\, Congo\, Syria\, Iraq and Sudan — who have escaped those same rooms and buildings to build a new life in America. The exhibition tells the stories of different refugees through artist Mohamad Hafez’s miniaturized recreations of a moment in time or memory recollected and accompanied by an audio component with the story told in their own words. Each story is unique\, yet each story tells of a great sense of loss coupled with the courage and force of will it took each refugee to leave their home.  Visitors will experience short audio clips through headphones and will continue reading the stories online and on exhibit placards. Ahmed and Mohamed will also give a talk at UW-Madison during the conference. They will cover issues of immigration\, creative activism\, community building\, and youth empowerment. For more details\, please check their website at \n  \nFor more information\, please contact Prof. Nevine El Nossery at \n URL: LOCATION:Madison\, WI\, United States CATEGORIES:News,Sponsored by MESP ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg: ORGANIZER;CN="Middle%20East%20Studies%20Program" END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR