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The Centre for Global Research invites you to this two-day international symposium 'Refuge(e)s in the cities: Post-conflict trauma, gendered violence and social inclusion'.
The symposium is hosted by the Centre for Global Research and convened by Associate Professor Hariz Halilovich (RMIT University) and Professor Jacqui True (Monash University).
In 2015 we commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide and the 21st anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. As a global community we seek to learn from these mass atrocities and our failure to stop them. Yet what has changed and what has stayed the same in the course of two decades? We are living in an era of globalisation more closely connected than ever before by mobile technologies, social media, markets and migration flows. Despite the apparent unity of integration our world is marked by increased violence, conflict and fragmentation, producing more than 60 million refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced people worldwide, the greatest number since World War II. Millions of ordinary people who might never have contemplated moving even into a large local town, have become global nomads, refugees, forced migrants and settlers in seemingly ‘out of place’ destinations across the globe. In many cases these movements have been from rural to urban places within and beyond conflict-affected countries and regions. For instance, during the 1990s, people from small Bosnian villages ended up in multicultural cities like Melbourne, Vienna and St Louis. But it is not only the change of place that has been a major issue for refugees; other, no less dramatic dislocation has occurred with the loss of social and economic status in new countries, and trauma from experiences of sexual and gender-based violence.
This symposium is an opportunity to reflect on the experiences of conflict, violence, migration and resilience of the past two decades; to look forward by looking back. We aim to illuminate and critically discuss the pertinent issues affecting refugee women and war widows, forced migration and political economies of violence in post-conflict societies. It will involve the participation of leading scholars in the field from Australia and overseas, human rights activists and practitioners, socially engaged artists, relevant government representatives and policy makers, refugee advocacy groups and survivors of war, violence and displacement. We intend to harness a range of forms of knowledge and experience to give voice to unspeakable issues and to understand key silences in post-conflict recovery. The interdisciplinary symposium will also provide the opportunity for Australian academics and research students with interests in this broad area to discuss their own research projects and ideas and to become a part of a vibrant international research network emerging from this symposium.
In addition to presenting research papers and sharing current knowledge in the field, the symposium will serve as a forum for discussing and highlighting the importance of the issues affecting women in precarious situations such as war, post-conflict and forced displacement. In particular, the forum will aim to come up with a set of practical recommendations on how to address and prevent politically motivated and gendered violence in conflict-affected places and promote social inclusion and peace more broadly. Drawing on the knowledge and experiences of migrants and refugees from conflict-affected countries, the symposium also aims to examine different immigration and integration policies, peace and security agenda and national action plans to implement them in host countries such as Australia, the USA and the EU countries. The ultimate aim of the recommendations is to inform policies of relevant national and international organisations about how to be active (and pro-active) in combating all forms of direct and indirect violence against women, including refugee women in diaspora.
Panel: ‘Voicing the unspeakable: war, violence, displacement’, a conversation with socially engaged artists.
Chair and moderator: Dr Peter Phipps (RMIT University).
Panelists: Ms Kym Vercoe (Actress and writer), Dr Maria Tumarkin (Writer, historian, teacher and translator), Dr Ali Alizadeh (Monash University), Dr Tony Birch (Victoria University) and Dr Arnold Zable (University of Melbourne).
Film screening: ‘For Those Who Can Tell No Tales’ (Directed by Jasmila Å½baniÄ‡, 2013).
Following conversation: Kym Vercoe (actress and writer).
Combination of individual paper presentations and panel discussions.
Speakers: Dr Aida A. HoziÄ‡ (University of Florida), Dr Nirha EfendiÄ‡ (National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina), Dr Ida Kaplan (Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture), Professor Anne Gilliland (University of California, Los Angeles), Professor Ron Adams (Victoria University), Professor Joy Damousi (University of Melbourne), Dr Damian Grenfell (RMIT University), Dr Ajlina KaramehiÄ‡ MuratoviÄ‡ (St. Louis University) and Professor Nihad Bunar (Stockholm University).
Registration and bookings
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There are no registration fees for this event. Catering will be provided free of charge.
Getting thereVenue:Various CBD locations
Melbourne Multicultural Hub
The Melbourne Multicultural Hub is located at 506 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne (opposite the Queen Victoria Market).
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