This Wednesday from 5-7pm, Murdoch University will be holding a series of presentations as part of the national Academics for Refugees – National Day of Action.
Entry is free and open to the public. There will be lectures given from the perspectives of law, the humanities, and the creative arts.
The national network Academic for Refugees demands that Australia end its harmful policies of offshore processing, boat turn-backs and the mandatory detention of people seeking asylum.
Join us for an evening of impassioned presentations, provocative readings and lively debate. Offering perspectives from law, the humanities, and the creative arts, Murdoch academics will set the scene for engaged discussion about the dire situation of asylum seekers and refugees. With you, we will explore possibilities for critical and practical interventions.
Schedule of Events:
5.00-5.10pm: Dr Michelle Carey, Chair: Introductions/housekeeping/format of session
5.10-5.25pm: Ms Anna Copeland: Current issues in Australian asylum law and the use of “character provisions” to deny visas to refugees
5.25-5.40pm: Associate Professor Anne Surma: The refugee as radical poetic witness: Behrouz Boochani’s narrative, No Friend but the Mountains
5.40-5.55pm: Associate Professor Lubica Ucnik: The philosophical view: Refugees as the mute “human cargo”
5.55-6.10pm: Professor Helena Grehan: Expanding empathy and humanising the “other”: The limits and possibilities of performance
6.10-7.00pm: Q&A and light refreshments