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Conference: Middle East and North African Migration Studies in a Time of Crisis

April 21, 2017 | 8:00 am - April 22, 2017 | 5:00 pm

The Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies will host an international scholarly conference on Middle East and North African migration on April 21 & 22, 2017. The conference will be held at North Carolina State University (Raleigh, North Carolina, USA) in  Withers Hall, Room 331.

This conference will consider the problematics of studying human movement to, from, and within the Middle East and North Africa in a time of mass displacement and multiple refugee “crises.” The region has long been defined by conflict and danger; conceived of as a place of flight and exile and expulsion, it has been imagined as the distorted obverse of a “Europe” or “America” imagined as spaces of refuge and safety. It is clear, then, that scholars working on Middle Eastern and North African migrations have much to contribute to discussions prompted by the wave of displacements the region is currently witnessing, from Syria and Iraq to Yemen and Libya.

Panelists will focus on three axes. The first considers contemporary flows of refugees, displaced peoples and migrants, and the varying responses that states and non-governmental organizations have developed to deal with people in movement. The second examines past patterns of Middle Eastern and North African movement (forced or voluntary), and the ways in which studying these may aid our understanding of the current moment. Conversely, the last of these axes concentrates on the ways in which the crisis in movement we are currently witnessing may pose new questions and methodological and theoretical challenges for scholars interested in mobility, compelling us to revise our understanding of Middle Eastern and North African migrations and to refashion the tools we use to examine these flows.

There is a limited number of seats available for non-panelists who wish to attend the conference. To attend, you will need to register here. The deadline for registering is Monday, April 10 by 5 PM.

For non-NC State students, faculty and staff the registration fee is $35, and we can only accept checks; payment has to be received by April 10th for us to reserve your spot.

Checks should be made out to:

  • NC State Foundation; and the Memo Line on the check should read: Khayrallah Center

Mail your check to:

Ms. Kristen Porter
Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies
Withers Hall 332, Campus Box 8013
Raleigh, NC 27695

For more information and the full program, please visit


April 21, 2017 | 8:00 am
April 22, 2017 | 5:00 pm
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