april, 2023

27apr - 28apr 275:00 pmapr 28Refugee Cities: Symposium on the Urban Dimensions of Forced Displacement

Event Details

Date: Thursday, April 27th – Friday, April 28th

Location: Heyman Center for the Humanities, Second Floor Common Room, 74 Morningside Drive, New York, NY 11027.

Time: April 27th: 5:00 PM, with keynote starting at 6:15 PM EST

April 28th: 10:15 AM – 3:30 PM EST

Register here.

The Refugee Cities Working Group at the Center for the Study of Social Difference, Columbia University, presents an interdisciplinary public symposium, “Refugee Cities: Urban Dimensions of Forced Displacement.”

The Refugee Cities Working Group’s concerns lie at the intersection of urban studies on the one hand and, on the other, the humanistic and social justice-oriented study of the mass movement of people fleeing violence, war, and forced removal. This symposium will focus on the impact of refugees on cities and urban processes, both in the present moment and as a historical phenomenon.

A keynote lecture will take place on the evening of Thursday, April 27, with all other presentations to be scheduled throughout the day on Friday, April 28. All events will take place in person at the Heyman Center for the Humanities, Columbia University, New York.

Thursday, April 27

  • 6:15 pm: Keynote lecture by Miriam Ticktin (CUNY Graduate Center), Borders and Commoning: The Struggle over Political Imagination

Friday, April 28

  • 10:15 am –12:00 pm: Panel 1 — Diaspora and Resettlement, Wounded and Divided Cities
  • 1:00 pm – 2:45 pm: Panel 2 — Refugees as City-Builders
  • 2:45 pm – 3:30 pm: Closing roundtable


27 (Thursday) 5:00 pm - 28 (Friday) 3:30 pm


Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room

Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room