Council on Middle East Studies: “(Un)Settling Middle Eastern Refugees: Regimes of Inclusion and Exclusion in the Middle East, Europe, and the United States”

Event time: 
Friday, September 27, 2019 - 9:00am to 6:00pm
Henry R. Luce Hall, Room 101 - Auditorium See map
34 Hillhouse Avenue
New Haven, CT 06520
Event description: 

34 Hillhouse Avenue, Henry R. Luce Hall, Room 101 - Auditorium, 9:00 a.m.
The Council on Middle East Studies presents a day long conference: 

“(Un)Settling Middle Eastern Refugees: Regimes of Inclusion and Exclusion in the Middle East, Europe, and the United States”.


  • 9-9:15 Marcia C. Inhorn and Lucia Volk

Part I. Syria

  • 9:15-9:30 Lucia Volk (San Francisco State University): “Demanding their Welcome: Agency-in- Waiting at a Protest Camp in Dortmund, Germany”
  • 9:30-9:45 Emilie Lund Mortensen (University of Aarhus, Denmark): “Taking Good Care: Negotiations of Intimate Relations among Displaced Syrian Men and Their Loved Ones in Amman”
  • 9:45-10 Catherine Panter-Brick (Yale University): “Inclusive Partnerships for Humanitarian Action: Syrian Refugees in Jordan”
  • 10-10:15 Rachel Farell (Yale University): “Syrian Refugees in France: Navigating Mental Healthcare, Stigma, and Social Exclusion”
  • 10:15-10:30 Morgen Chalmiers (UC San Diego): “Responsible Mothers, Good Patients, and Grateful Refugees: Structural Vulnerability and the Impossibility of Compliance for Syrians in San Diego, California”
  • 10:30-11 Q&A
  • 11-11:30 COFFEE

Part II. Iraq

  • 11:30-11:45 Kali Rubaii (University of California-Davis): “The Transhumant Iraqi Refugee: What Kind of Movement Counts as ‘Refugee Movement’?”
  • 11:45-12 Marcia C. Inhorn (Yale University): “American’s Wars and Iraqis’ Lives: Refugee Vulnerabilities and Regimes of Exclusion in the United States”
  • 12-12:15 Brittany Dawson (University of Chicago): “Between Sacrifice and Hope: Chaldean Resettlement Little Baghdad, CA”
  • 12:15-12:30 Q&A
  • 12:30-1:30 BREAK

Part III. Afghanistan

  • 1:30-1:45 Naysan Adlparvar (Yale University): “Forced Migration, Forced Return: The (Un)settlement of Displaced Hazaras in Iran and Afghanistan”
  • 1:45-2 Julie Nynne Bune (Aarhus University, Denmark): “Precarious Futures: Participatory Theater as Embodied Storytelling among Young Afghan Refugees in Denmark”
  • 2-2:15 Andrea Chiovenda (Harvard Medical School): “Injury by Time: Psychic Suffering and the Politics of Temporality among Afghan Asylum Seekers in Greece”
  • 2:15-2:30 Melissa Kerr Chiovenda (Zayed University, United Arab Emirates): “Fear, Pain, and Joy: Emotional Geographies of Refugees from Afghanistan to Athens”
  • 2:30-3 Q&A
  • 3-3:15 COFFEE

Part IV. Palestine

  • 3:15-3:30 Gustavo Barbosa (Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil): “Unsettling ‘Refugees’ as a Category: Labelling, Imagined Populations and Statistics in a Palestinian Refugee Camp in Beirut”
  • 3:30-3:45 Michael Vicente Pérez (University of Memphis): “Everyday Living and the Struggle for Refuge among Gaza Refugees in Jordan”
  • 3:45-4 Khaldun Bshara (Riwaq Center for Architectural Conservation, Palestine): “A Death Sentence: UNRWA in the Trump Era”
  • 4-4:15 Q&A

Part V. Mixed Refugee Settings

  • 4:15-4:30 Zareena Grewal (Yale University): “More Money, More Problems”: Muslim Refugees, Christian & Jewish NGOs and the Ottoman Past in Greece
  • 4:30-4:45 Ardis Kristin Ingvars (University of Iceland): “Calibrated Masculinities: Educational Aspirations, Activism and Caring among Middle Eastern Refugee Men in Greece”
  • 4:45-5 Lindsay A. Gifford (University of San Francisco): “Structural Contradictions of Middle Eastern Refugee Resettlement in Finland”
  • 5-5:15 Verena Kozmann (University of Vienna): “Valuing Health, Negotiating Paradoxes? Medicalization of Hymen, Hymenoplasty, and Syrian and Iraqi Women’s Health in Ontario”
  • 5:15-5:45 Q&A
  • 5:45-6 Conference Wrap-Up
Open to: 
General Public