Refugee Studies Centre Seminar Series Hilary Term 2017-Perspectives on the Syrian Conflict

by | Jan 16, 2017

This seminar series aims to shed light on different aspects of the Syrian conflict in order to provide a better understanding of it. It also discusses the consequences of the situation in Syria for the international community, for humanitarian organisations, but also for the legal infrastructures put in place since the Second World War with regard to international humanitarian laws, human rights, and refugee protection.

Seminars are held on Wednesdays from 5:00-6:30pm in Seminar Room 3, Oxford Department of International Development, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3TB.

This term’s series is convened by Dr Leïla Vignal and supported by the Maison Française d’Oxford.

Details can be found here.

18 January

Syria and its refugees: a historical perspective

Dawn Chatty (Emeritus Professor in Anthropology and Forced Migration, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford)

25 January

Divided by a shared agenda: the humanitarian response to the crisis in Syria

James Darcy (Lead consultant for the UN-commissioned Whole of Syria Review and former Vice-Chair of Oxfam GB)

1 February

The ethics of protection in Syria

Jennifer Welsh (Professor and Chair in International Relations, European University Institute, Italy)

8 February

The struggle for Syria

Ziad Majed (Associate Professor of Middle East Studies and International Affairs, American University of Paris, France)

15 February

Syrian trajectories: from local revolutionary actors to exiled humanitarian workers. Meanings of humanitarian action in the Syrian post-2011 context

Laura Ruiz de Elvira Carrascal (Postdoctoral researcher, WAFAW project, CNRS/IREMAM, Aix-en-Provence, France)

22 February

Writing in times of war and revolution

Samar Yazbek (Syrian writer, Paris, France)

1 March

The Syrian internal displacement

Leïla Vignal (Marie Curie Fellow, Refugee Studies Centre, and Senior Researcher, Wolfson College, University of Oxford)

8 March

From revolution to jihad, and back. Syria’s Islamist insurgents in the face of people’s power

Thomas Pierret (Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Islam, Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (IMES), University of Edinburgh)


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