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South Asian Refugee Life Stories in French Asylum Courts

South Asian Refugee Life Stories in French Asylum Courts [article image]

When: Mon, Oct 08 2018 5:30pm

Where: Education Building Room 103

The International Studies Institute presents the second of its Fall Lecture Series, "Immigration Stories," on Monday, October 8, at 5:30 pm in 103 Education Building (immediately east of Zimmerman Library).

Guest lecturer: Susmitha Udayan, UNM Ph.D. Candidate in French

In the aftermath of European refugee crisis of 2015-2016, refugee status determination procedures have received heightened attention. As appeals for refugee status proliferate, asylum seekers are required to demonstrate increasing levels of narrative competence during asylum interviews. Ms. Udayan will discuss the procedures by which asylum seekers attempt to gain legal refugee status in France. Using legal testimony, interviews, and life stories of Sri Lankan refugees in France, she illustrates the role of narratives in legitimizing misrepresentations and perpetuating stereotypes around refugee persons.

This event is free and open to the public.