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Panel Discussion: “Learning, Teaching, and Community-Building with Refugees” – “Encountering Difference, Embodying Boundaries, and Unsettling Borders: Middle Eastern Refugees and Immigrants in the European Union”

November 6, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


This roundtable brings together scholars, activists, and NGO volunteers to discuss how to learn from and with refugees, teach about refugees, and engage with refugee communities. What are the strategies for resisting the racialization and marginalization of refugees and for developing an appreciation of refugee experiences, knowledge, and contributions to societies? What interventions in research, in the classroom, and in community organizing are required to promote ethical engagements with refugees and to maximize benefits flowing from these engagements to refugees and their communities?


Panelists Include:

Christian Wilhelm, Humboldt University of Berlin

Patricia Ehrkamp, University of Kentucky

Diya Abdo, University of North Carolina, Greensboro

Sandy Marshall, Elon University

Meagan Clawar, Refugee Community Partnership

Lizzie Russler, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


This panel is part of the conference, “Encountering Difference, Embodying Boundaries, and Unsettling Borders: Middle Eastern Refugees and Immigrants in the European Union.” This virtual conference explores how Middle Eastern refugee and immigrant experiences provide insights into the production of difference, boundaries, and borders by unsettling established understandings of identity, statehood, and territory in and on the edges of the European Union. More information and register.


Sponsored by the UNC Center for European Studies, UNC Global, UNC College of Arts and Sciences, and the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies.


UNC Chapel Hill


November 6, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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