Political Asylum and the Politics of Suspicion

March 13, 2015
Monday, March 23, 2015 - 8:30am to 7:30pm
Mershon Center for International Security, 1501 Neil Ave. Columbus, OH
Cartoon of a judge with the text "How does the prisoner plead? Innocent or asylum-seeker?"
Papers will be summarized and discussed, not read. For access to the website to read the papers, contact Bridget M. Haas bmh7@case.edu

Workshop Schedule

8:30am:  Welcome and breakfast

9:00am – 10:15am:  Panel 1

  • John Haviland (Title TBA: Politics of dependency)
  • Ilil Benjamin (Mixed Migration and the Humanitarian Encounter: Legal Aid for Sudanese and Eritrean Asylum Seekers in Israel)
  • Discussants: Max Spotti (Haviland’s paper), Sara McKinnon (Benjamin’s paper) 

10:30am – 11:45am:  Panel 2

  • Bridget Haas (Adjudicators, Suspicion and the Ambivalent Production of Authoritative Knowledge) 
  • Nadia El-Shaarawi (Troubling the Ethics of Asylum in the Age of Suspicion: The Iraq War and the Politics of Obligation)
  • Discussants: Rachel Lewis (Haas’ paper), Benjamin Lawrance (El-Shaarawi’s paper)

12:00pm – 1:15pm:  Panel 3

  • Rachel Lewis (“They Wanted Me to Prove That I'm a Lesbian, but They Wouldn't Tell Me How I Could": Lesbian Invisibility and Erasure in the Political Asylum Process)
  • Sara McKinnon (Suspect Will: The Necropolitics of Voice and Nation in Iranian Women's US Asylum Cases)
  • Discussants: Ilil Benjamin (Lewis’ paper), Nadia El-Shaarawi (McKinnon’s paper)

1:15pm – 2:00pm:  Lunch 

2:15pm – 3:45pm:  Panel 4

  • Amy Shuman and Carol Bohmer ("Political Asylum Narratives: Learning to Reconstruct Narratives for Contexts of Interrogation")
  • Benjamin Lawrance (“Between Vodou and Forced Marriage: African Asylum Claims, the Hermeneutics of Suspicion, and the Reception of Witchcraft in Refugee Status Determination”)
  • Discussants: Charles Watters (Shuman and Bohmer’s paper), Marco Jacquemet (Lawrance’s paper)

4:00pm – 5:45pm:  Panel 5

  • Marco Jacquemet (Asylum and the Digitization of Evidence) 
  • Max Spotti 
  • Discussants: Amy Shuman (Jacquemet’s paper), John Haviland (Spotti’s paper)

6:00pm: Dinner and discussion 

Sponsored by the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Disability Studies, The Mershon Center for International Security Studies, the Center for Folklore Studies, and Project Narrative.

Cartoon by Ken Pyne for The Spectator

 

 

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