Defining Borders, Displacing Lives: Global Refugee Dynamics 1919-2019

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Political Geography Specialty Group, Cultural Geography Specialty Group, Ethnic Geography Specialty Group, American Geographical Society
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Day: 4/3/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Wilson C, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
Organizers: Karen Culcasi, Emily Skop
Chairs: Kate Coddington


2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the Paris Peace Conference and reminds geographers of this pivotal historical moment. The spread and construction of a Eurocentric "new world order” fixed borders on maps and people in place. Notions of citizenship and belonging materialized simultaneously with notions of displacement and exclusion. Border securitization became a foremost priority of many newly drawn states, with far-reaching consequences. Perhaps one of the most important consequences of this border-fixing was the emergence of an entire category of persons known as refugees, who have come to be legally recognized as individuals who have left their homes and who are unwilling or unable to return because of persecution or fear of persecution. The papers presented in this session are all part of a special issue of the Geographical Review (coming out in 2019). The papers all explore the predicaments of refugees in the context of border-fixing, with a focus on how individuals and organizations navigate state restrictions and hyper-securitization.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Emily Skop*, The University Of Colorado At Colorado Springs, Joel Tonyan, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Arielle Cassiday, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Considering Refugees through 100 Years of Geographical Review 20 8:00 AM
Presenter Elisa Pascucci*, University of Helsinki, Refugees in the IT sector: Young Syrians' economic subjectivities and familial lives in Jordan 20 8:20 AM
Presenter Serin Houston*, Mount Holyoke College, Conceptualizing U.S. Immigrant Sanctuary as a Process 20 8:40 AM
Presenter Cynthia Gorman*, West Virginia University, Singled Out: Scaling Violence and Social Groups as Legal Borderwork in U.S. Asylum Law 20 9:00 AM
Discussant Kate Coddington University at Albany 20 9:20 AM

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