CANCELLED - SEMINAR: Anthropology and Sociology Seminar
|Anthropology and Sociology Seminar : Refugees in Europe (and Australia): Encounters, Memories and Emotions
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Respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, and the rule of law are inscribed in the Treaty on the European Union. The current refugee crisis touches upon these moral values on which the EU is founded. The boom of anti-immigrant social movements and the growth of xenophobic and Islamophobic rhetoric in the aftermath of the events of 2015-16 suggest that Europe might not fully live up to its founding principles. Confronted with the refugee crisis, most European countries are turning inwards, rejecting refugees, limiting new immigration, and revising their integration policies.
This paper seeks to understand how experiences of past migrations transform values, attitudes and acceptance or rejection of refugees in Europe and Australia, and in turn the sense and patterns of solidarity. In the periods of 1956, 1980/1981 (‘Solidarity’ wave), and 1992-1994, Austria, Germany, and Sweden received large numbers of refugees from Poland, Hungary and former Yugoslavia within short periods of time. From 1947-54 Australia received 170, 000 displaced persons of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds, 60,000 of those were Polish. During the period 1980-91, approximately 25,000 Polish refugees arrived in Australia.
Based on my quantitative (factorial survey and conjoint analysis) and qualitative (in-depth interviews and creative methods) research among Polish migrants in Germany and Australia, I investigate emotions and the meaning of personal memories of those people who sought refuge. Thereby, I draw on Assmann’s definition of personal memories as an essential to the production of collective memory, and thus to groups’ identities.
Dr Lukasz Krzyzowski
Social Sciences Building Room 2204
Dr Alka Sabharwal
Fri, 24 Aug 2018 14:30
Fri, 24 Aug 2018 15:30
Karen Eichorn <[email protected]>
Fri, 24 Aug 2018 09:34
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