As part of the Winter Tales Book Festival, IASH-Alwaleed Postdoctoral Fellow Dr Nadeen Dakkak is taking part in the panel session Books for the Hostile Environment: Facts, Fictions and Futures of Migration.
Discussion with Laura Jeffery, Nadeen Dakkak, Victoria Williamson and Marjorie Lotfi Gill, chaired by Ulrich Schmiedel.
What can literature do to resist the hostile environment? In the UK, hostile environment policies were introduced to make the life of people who cannot prove they have a right to live here as unbearable as possible. The criminalisation of refugees and refugee relief is a concerning and controversial issue across the globe. This panel features renowned authors, academics, and activists who come together to present facts and fictions about migration, point to possible futures, and ponder the role that literature can have in making societies more welcoming. Literature might seem too lofty to make a difference, but it can have crucial – sometimes surprising – consequences for how we live together.
This is an in-person event at the Elizabeth Templeton Lecture Theatre, New College.