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Seeking Asylum in Australia

The politicisation of seeking asylum: Manus Prison theory and Australia’s response to asylum seekers

You are invited to join this free online seminar. 

When: Wednesday October 28, 2020

Time: 10am-1pm (AEST)

Register: at Eventbrite: https://politicsseekasylum.eventbrite.com.au

KEYNOTE SPEAKER 

Alison Mountz, Wilfrid Laurier University

SPEAKERS

  • Behrouz Boochani, Ngi Tahu Research Centre, Canterbury University/UNSW
  • Omid Tofighian, UNSW/University of Sydney
  • Claire Loughnan, University of Melbourne
  • Andrew Burridge, Macquarie University
  • Anne McNevin, The New School
  • Maria Giannacopoulos, Flinders University
  • Julie Macken, Western Sydney University

Webinar

Asylum seekers have occupied a particular place in the Australian national imaginary....The most controversial and intractable has been the offshoring of immigration of detention to the countries of Nauru and Papua New Guinea (Manus Island).

The symposium will be informed by the Manus Prison theory that has been further developed by the analysis of former Manus detainee Behrouz Boochani and his translator and collaborator, Omid Tofighian.

This interdisciplinary symposium will take an overtly political and conceptual approach to this problem. Honouring, applying and extending the legacy of Behrouz and Omid’s work on Manus Prison theory. The symposium will highlight a body of work that seeks to examine these systems and structures so as to better understand how seeking asylum has been politicised in the Australian context, and what impact this has on Australian society more broadly.

CONVENORS

  • Rachel Sharples, Western Sydney University This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
  • Linda Briskman, Western Sydney University This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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