Symposium on "Forced Migration, Mobilities and Humanitarianism in Australia and Beyond"
A two-day interdisciplinary symposium
The Swinburne Institute for Social Research, Melbourne, Australia, 12 & 13 November 2012
Aims: Politics, policies and approaches to management and care of forced migrants are shaped by moral and practical imperatives and informed by often-implicit sets of values and knowledge. This two-day symposium will critique current paradigms framing thinking and practice and will interrogate new paradigms that situate mobility and morality at the center.
A key focus of this symposium is on humanitarian discourses and their consequences, as applied to the problem of forced migration. The symposium will
• facilitate an intensive face-to-face discussion among scholars and practitioners
who are working on issues of forced migration in Australia and the region;
• take stock of the state of the field and identify new research agendas.
Symposium discussion and debate will be organized around the critical anthropological scholarship of our keynote speaker: Professor Didier Fassin, James D. Wolfensohn Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study of Princeton and Director of Studies at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris.