African Refuge May 4

African Refuge

A Series of Panels sponsored by the Gordon F. Henderson Chair in Human Rights to convene at the annual conference of the Canadian Association of African Studies (4 to 6 May 2018)


Professor Meredith Terretta, Gordon F. Henderson Chair in Human Rights at the University of Ottawa, has invited researchers from North America, Europe and Africa to collaborate in a series of sponsored panels on African Refuge / Refuges africains at this year’s annual Canadian Association of African Studies conference taking place in Kingston, Ontario (Canada) from 4 to 6 May 2018.

These bilingual panels, bringing together PhD students, early, mid- and advanced-career academics as well as those involved in refugee activism and/or law, will present a comparative and transregional assessment of displaced populations in Africa. Privileging local perspectives, the primary focus is on the actions and ideas of displaced populations themselves. Although informed by a historical approach, some papers also focus on current practices of refuge-seeking and refugee-hosting both within Africa and among African communities outside the continent. Our common purpose is to think historically about refuge-seeking and refuge-hosting as worldwide displacement hits an all-time high. Recognizing that high quality research is best derived through collaboration with colleagues working in Africa, the Gordon F. Henderson Chair is delighted to welcome six scholars working at African universities to our panels. Unfortunately, four colleagues were denied visas.

The panels all take place on 4 May 2018 in Kingston in the Biosciences Building at Queen’s University. The full programme of the conference may be found here: