Metaphors of Displacement Colloquium
The refugee crisis in the Mediterranean may no longer be making the front pages, but on the ground significant numbers still face the reality of forced mobility. Since the Second World War, 65 million people have been forced to leave their homes, and in the last six years Greece alone has received around a million people seeking safety and shelter. At the moment there are approximately 60 thousand migrants still stranded in Greece.
Themes of exile and displacement have been explored by a variety of writers and poets from the ancient world to the present, including Aeschylus, Ovid, Emma Lazarus, and, in recent years, A.E. Stallings. Bringing together a group of scholars from a diversity of disciplines, including Michael Carroll (School of Classics), poet A.E. Stallings, who lives in Greece, and Natasha Saunders (International Relations), we’ll be discussing ideas of changing identity and forced migration as expressed through the written word.
Key themes to be explored will include the impact of forced migration on individual and group identity, the challenge of making sense of this experience through the written word, and the complexity of the factors that lead to such crises.
This event ties in with the afternoon’s workshop on the same theme, although both events can be attended individually.
In partnership with the School of Classics at the University of St Andrews