UEA London Lecture: Placeless People: Writing, Rights and Refugees
In 1944, the political philosopher, Hannah Arendt wrote: ‘Everywhere the word ‘exile’, which once had an undertone of almost sacred awe, now provokes the idea of something simultaneously suspicious and unfortunate.’ Today’s refugee crisis is the latest chapter in the modern history of mass displacement that stretches back to the beginning of the last century. Over that time, not only have people been forced to move but perceptions of the stranger, the exile, host and home have shifted too. In her UEA London Lecture, Refugee History co-editor Prof Lyndsey Stonebridge shows how the meanings of exile have changed over the last one hundred years through the words of the writers and thinkers who experienced it most intensely.
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