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Hybrid format event (in person and online webinar)

MAGYC Concluding Conference: Keynote Address and Roundtable
“What is Home? Syrian Refugees and Narratives of Belonging”

Location: Les Salons scientifiques (B108), 1 place Saint-Thomas d'Aquin 75007 Paris

While of universal importance, the question of home gains special significance in contexts of forced migration. Examining the Syrian case for larger insights, Wendy Pearlman shares interviews that she has conducted over the past decade with 500 displaced Syrians around the world. She explores their stories of losing, seeking, finding, or not finding home, and what they teach us about the meaning of belonging. These perspectives interrogate common narratives of refugee and migrant “crisis” and offer a new lens on concepts such as exile and integration.


Keynote Speaker: 
Wendy Pearlman is Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University, where she holds the Charles Deering McCormick Professorship of Teaching Excellence and Crown Professorship of Middle East Studies. A specialist in the comparative politics of the Middle East, she has authored 4 books and 35 academic articles or chapters on topics ranging from social movements to refugee studies.
Roundtable Panelists: 
Munzoul Assal is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Khartoum, Sudan and the University of Bergen, Norway.
Elspeth Guild is Jean Monnet Professor ad personam at Queen Mary University of London as well as at the Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands. She is also a partner at the London law firm, Kingsley Napley and a visiting Professor at the College of Europe, Bruges.
Nassim Majidi is the co-founder and Executive Director of Samuel Hall. She is also a Research Associate at the African Centre for Migration and Society at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, and at the Feinstein International Center at Tufts University, USA.
Asser Khattab is a Media and Communications Associate at the Clooney Foundation for Justice. He previously worked as a journalist reporting on Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq for various international media outlets. He has also written for New Lines Magazine and served as the Research and Communications Officer for the International Commission of Jurists’ MENA programme.
 Pascale Esho Warda is the president of the Hammurabi Human Rights     Organization an NGO defending the rights of minorities in Iraq. She is also the  former Minister of Migration and Displacement in the Iraqi Interim Government.
Roundtable Moderator:
Hélène Thiollet is a permanent researcher at the French National Centre for Scientific Studies (CNRS) based at the Center for International Research (CERI) of Sciences Po Paris. She is the institutional lead at Sciences Po for the MAGYC project. 



For more information on the project « Migration Governance and Asylum Crises »: 





Scientific coordinators: Hélène Thiollet, Sciences Po-CERI, Filip Savatic, Sciences Po-CERI 

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Organisé par : CERI