Refugees and the right to the city: perspectives from the Global South (Part II)

Type: Virtual Paper
Sponsor Groups: Urban Geography Specialty Group, Middle East Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/10/2021
Start / End Time: 4:40 PM / 5:55 PM (PDT)
Room: Virtual 35
Organizers: Diala Lteif
Chairs: Diala Lteif


With an unprecedented 65.5 million people forcibly displaced around the world, forced migration has today become an increasingly permanent reality. An estimated 80% of displaced individuals are currently hosted within the Global South, where many countries are not signatories of any refugee convention. Within this context, refugees are subjected to harsher conditions of marginalization and increased socioeconomic inequality, and often portrayed as helpless and aid dependent. In response to such realities, this series of two panels explores the role of refugee communities in the production of urban spaces, with a focus on cities of the Global South.

Part two of this series will focus on refugee experiences through an analysis of the everyday life of displaced communities. Papers presented will explore the different state and media mechanisms deployed to deny refugees rights and access to services within the global south context and; the response of displaced individuals when navigating these spaces. From the creation of new home-making practices to redefining places of meaning, the papers presented on this panel focus on the qualitative through case studies spanning across Jordan, Turkey, Peru, South Africa and the Mediteranean Sea.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Introduction Diala Lteif University of Toronto 5 4:40 PM
Presenter Sadhana Manik*, University of KwaZulu Natal, ‘Afrophobia’ in South Africa: An Unabating Challenge Intensifying During Covid-19 15 4:45 PM
Presenter Bader AlBader*, University of Michigan, Odessa Gonzalez Benson, University of Michigan, Vadim Besprozvany, University of Michigan, Antonio Siciliano, Elizabeth Upjohn Community Healing Center, Elena Godin, University of Michigan, Burning Hearts for the “Burners:” Families of Missing Migrants as Agents of a Popular Mythos 15 5:00 PM
Presenter Heba Alqub*, , REFUGEE CAMPS AND HOME-MAKING PRACTICES AS URBAN ASSEMBLAGES: A study of the Palestinian and Syrian refugee camps in Jordan 15 5:15 PM
Presenter Nicolas Parent*, McGill University, State Self-Destruction in Refugee Spaces: Informality at the Margins, Mutual Aid, and Anarchist Places 15 5:30 PM
Discussant Ibipo Johnston-Anumonwo SUNY Cortland 10 5:45 PM

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