Four day online conference with symposium co-hosted by Ryerson and London South Bank Universities. The symposium is the culminating event of Project Finding Home, a SSHRC-funded 3-year international project exploring the complex intersection between forced migration and new place-making strategies through art and storytelling. April 26-29. Free. Register http://bordertrouble.eventbrite.ca
When Behrouz Boochani, Kurdish-Iranian human rights activist/journalist/writer was in the Australian-run offshore refugee detention camp, in Manus Island, Papua New Guinea he secretly wrote around one hundred articles and a book and made a film all on his smartphone: the multi award-winning book No Friend but the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison and the critically acclaimed co-directed film “Chauka, Please Tell Us the Time” (with Arash Kamali Sarvestani). Through writing and art he was able to share his harrowing story with the world. He is joined by his longtime collaborator and translator Dr. Omid Tofighian. Boochani and Tofighian, together with several other participants, feature in the symposium Border Trouble: Migration, Research Creation Art & Policy, in which the power of migrants telling their own stories to influence governments and communities, will be discussed.
In addition to the Boochani and Tofighian event, the 4-day, free online conference will include 3 other interactive sessions, including:
The symposium will address some of the following questions: