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In this lecture, Dr. Rawan Arar of the University of Washington will talk about her recent co-authored book with Dr. David Scott FitzGerald, The Refugee System: A Sociological Approach (Polity Press 2023). Understandings of forced migration tend to fall into distinct siloes that hide connections across places of origin, transit, and hosting. The Refugee System focuses on the connections among stages of displacement in different countries to illuminate what the siloes inadvertently conceal. A longitudinal case study of one extended Syrian family with members in Syria, Jordan, and Canada and their contemplation of options in Europe and elsewhere reveals how household decision-making interacts with policies across the globe. Food will be provided. First come, first served.


Rawan Arar is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Law, Societies, and Justice at the University of Washington. She completed her PhD in sociology at the University of California, San Diego and a postdoctoral fellowship at Brown University.


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Landscapes of Belonging: Refugee Experiences in Nebraska and Beyond, sponsored by the Goldstein Family Community Chair in Human Rights, aims to provide scholarly knowledge on refugees in Nebraska and global refugee trends through research, teaching, and community engagement.

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