Refugees, Refuge, and Human Displacement

Refugees, Refuge, and Human Displacement

Edited by Ignacio López-Calvo & Marjorie Agosin

Anthem Studies in Latin American Literature and Culture

This volume studies the concept of refuge as well as historical forced displacement and statelessness, trying to provide potential lasting solutions to the many problems associated with this situation. It moves from the pressing crisis of refugees to the crisis of humanity that seeks to find refuge.

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ISBN:9781839982491

November 2022

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  • About This Book
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About This Book

Forced displacement, statelessness, and the omnipresence of asylum seekers and refugees—innocent people uprooted from their homes by war, climate change, natural catastrophes, economic collapse, terrorism—have been one the most challenging problems for the international community for several decades. Only in 2019, almost 1,900 environmental catastrophes caused almost 25 new internal displacements in 140 countries and territories, according to the Norwegian Refugee Council. This number is three times larger than the displacements as a result of conflicts or violence. As a result, the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees), the lead international United Nations agency coordinating refugee protection, continues to struggle to deal with so many simultaneous dire situations worldwide. But rather than organizations such as UNHCR, governments have the power to make a difference with their empathy and generosity. 

The COVID-19 pandemic, which has worsened the situation for refugees worldwide, has also brought crises (such as collapsed supply chains) to the West that are, unfortunately, common in other areas of the planet. In fact, there is a lot to learn about crisis management and resolution from these non-Western experiences of epidemics, natural catastrophes, war, and other extreme situations in refugee camps all over the world.

The essays in this volume will study the concept of refuge as well as historical forced displacement and statelessness, trying to provide potential lasting solutions to the many problems associated with this situation. This volume is not only timely but expansive, as it moves from the pressing crisis of refugees to the crisis of humanity that seeks to find refuge.

Reviews

“Ranging from history to literature and ἀlm to mental health to environmental responsibility to academic sanctuaries, this collection is a truly multi-disciplinary, global, and temporally expansive exploration of what it means to seek out demand and create refuge. It aims to both re-open and advance a conversation that is crucial for our times” — Aline Lo, Assistant Professor of Asian American Literature, Department of English, Colorado College, USA.

“This new volume oḀers wide-ranging perspectives on refugee experience from scholars working in and across numerous disciplines, time periods, and geographic spaces. The contributions are tied together by a concern for the ethical treatment of refugees, with meditations on care, safety and self-determination amid trauma and continuing forced migration” — Mai-Linh K. Hong, Assistant Professor of Literatures, Languages, and Cultures, University of California, Merced, USA.

“An accessible and wide-ranging anthology, Refugees, Refuge, and Human Displacement brings together essays that reᴀect on the refuge as a practice, idea and place. With essays on literature, ἀlm, song, dance, health care, the environment and the university campus, the authors respond expansively to a call for, in the words of Saharawi intellectual and activist Bahia Mahmud Awah, ‘the solidarity of others’” — Naimou Angela, Associate Professor, Department of English, Clemson University, USA.

Author Information

Marjorie Agosin is a poet and human rights activist with a long career dedicated to the themes of social justice.

Ignacio López-Calvo is UC Merced Presidential Endowed Chair in the humanities and professor of Latin American literature. He is the author of eight monographs.

Series

Anthem Studies in Latin American Literature and Culture

Table of Contents

Introduction, Ignacio López-Calvo and Marjorie Agosín; PART ONE HUMANITY AND HUMAN DISPLACEMENTS, Chapter One; Chapter Two; PART TWO SEEKING REFUGE, Chapter Three; Chapter Four; Chapter Five; Chapter Six; PART THREE ACTS OF CREATING REFUGE, Chapter Seven; Chapter Eight; Chapter Nine; PART FOUR APPROACHES TO CONSTRUCTING REFUGE, Chapter Ten; Chapter Eleven;Chapter Twelve; Chapter Thirteen; Index

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