Pluralizing Displacement: Precarious Protection, Responsibility-Sharing, and Resettlement Experiences

Thursday, February 9, 2023 12:30to14:00

A guest lecture by Professsor Suzan Ilcan of University of Waterloo.

SUZAN ILCAN is University Research Chair and Professor in the Department of Sociology and Legal Studies at the University of Waterloo and the Balsillie School of International Affairs. She received her PhD in Sociology from Carleton University. Before coming to the University of Waterloo, she held a Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) from 2002-2011.  Suzan Ilcan’s research cuts across migration, border studies, and citizenship and social justice, and she has published widely on the theme of human displacement, precarity, border and citizenship struggles, and migrant activism. She has presented many invited lectures nationally and internationally, and received several research grants in her areas of research. Her current research projects examine migration and bordering practices in the context of migrant experiences of displacement, precarity, protection, resettlement, and community-building.

Abstract: Through a focus on ‘pluralizing displacement,’ this presentation emphasizes three dimensions underscoring Syrian displacement: the engagement of temporary protection regimes, the burgeoning architectures of precarity, and the complexities of remaking home in the resettlement context. It highlights the entanglements of governing regimes in promoting precarious protection and responsibility-sharing, and the prospects for expanding the protection, mobility, and resettlement pathways for displaced people.

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