Symposium on Displacement, Diaspora and Documentation

Symposium on Displacement, Diaspora and Documentation

October 19, 2018, 8:30 am – 4:15pm

University of California, Los Angeles in Room 111 at the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies (GSE&IS) Building

Forced displacement and other human migration crises raise complex interacting issues about nation-states, laws, borders, human rights, citizenship and identity, security, resource allocation, and information and communication technologies (ICT).  Integral to this complexity, documentation and particularly official records are pervasive and fundamental yet somehow rarely conspicuous.  Much attention has been focused on official verification of identities and citizenship of displaced persons and other migrants, vetting them for security risks, reunifying families, and determining whether or not they qualify for asylum and resettlement. However the issues that asylum seekers and other migrants confront in understanding, accessing, carrying, preserving and producing the kinds of authoritative documentation required for these as well as other bureaucratic processes in their future lives remain under-addressed.

This one day symposium is sponsored by the Refugee Rights in Records Project of the UCLA Department of Information Studies’ Center for Information as Evidence and the Liverpool University Centre for Archive Studies, as well as the Middle Eastern Rights Association. It will bring together speakers from a range of backgrounds: people with experience of coming to the United States as refugees, asylum seekers or economic migrants; those who assist and advocate for them; and record keepers, archivists and museum curators who manage official records or collect and (re)present documentation of displacement and diaspora.  Among topics to be addressed are:

•       Issues faced by child and women migrants and relating to family separation/reunification
•       Coping with trauma and health concerns
•       Education and literacy concerns and initiatives
•       Classification considerations and more existential identity dilemmas
•       Support infrastructure for personal recordkeeping
•       Development of a platform to ensure personal rights in and to bureaucratic records
•       Documenting and archiving current and historical personal and community displacement and diaspora experiences
•       The design and implementation of humanitarian-based information technologies interventions

The symposium is one of a series of workshops taking place across the globe in 2018 to highlight the issues linked to records and other documentation for refugees, asylum seekers and others forced by their circumstances to leave their homes and seek more secure lives and futures elsewhere.

To register to attend, please email Anne Gilliland at Gilliland@gseis.ucla.edu. Registration is free.
Program information to follow.

Professor and Chair, Ph.D. Program,  Department of Information Studies
Director, Archival Education and Research Initiative (AERI), aeri.website
Director, Center for Information as Evidence, GSE&IS

212 GSE&IS Building
University of California Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1520

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