Oxfam in the Russian Federation and Higher School of Economics Institute for Social Policy co-organize a meeting of "Migration studies" regular seminar


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Professor Dawn Chatty is the Emeritus Professor of Anthropology and Forced Migration at University of Oxford and the Fellow of the British Academy. Her work experience includes more than a decade devoted to research, teaching and development programming in the Middle East, notably in Syria, Lebanon and the Sultanate of Oman. Professor Dawn Chatty is also the former director of the Oxford University Refugee Studies Centre https://www.rsc.ox.ac.uk/ – one of the world- leading research units which aims at building knowledge and understanding of forced migration to improve the lives of people under its impact.  

Dawn is the author of more than 50  research articles and monographs about forced displacement in the region, including «Displacement and Dispossession in the Modern Middle East» published by Cambridge University Press in 2010 (a list of some recent publications can be seen below). 

Winston Churchill once said "The farther back you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see." 

This lecture looked at the historical forced migrations into Syria from the middle of the 19th century to the early years of the 21st century.  It showed how Syria became a state very much shaped by its refugee social groups and how the vestiges of the Ottoman 'millet' system helped to shape that accommodation. It then developed an understanding of how the neighboring states of Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan had been able to contain much of the Syrian displacement post 2011 in the aftermath of the armed conflict which has developed into a civil war. 

Recent publication 
2016 Chatty, D. and M. Seeley, “Displacement, Dispossession, and the Aesthetic Experience”. In International Journal of Anthropology. Vol 30 (2) 93-103.

2014 Chatty, D. “The Making of a Cosmopolitan Quarter: Sha’laan in the 20th Century”. In Syrian Studies. Vol 6 (2):29-54.

2013 Chatty, D., Mansour, N. and Yassin, Y., “Statelessness and Tribal Identity on Lebanon’s Eastern Borders”. In Mediterranean Politics, Vol. 18 (3):392-407.

2013 Chatty, D., and P. Marfleet, “Conceptual problems in Forced Migration”. In Refugee Survey Quarterly. Vol. 32 (2)1-13.

2013 Chatty, D., ”Guests and Hosts: Arab Hospitality Underpins a Humane approach to asylum Policy”. In Cairo Review of Global Affairs. Vol. 9 Spring issue,76-85.

2013 Chatty, D. ‘Refugees in the Middle East: Identity Politics among Sahrawi, Palestinian and Afghan Youth. Children in Crisis: Ethnographic Studies in International Contexts, Manata Hashemi and Martin Sanchez-Jankowski (eds.). New York: Routledge Press.

2010 Chatty, D. Displacement and Dispossession in the Modern Middle East. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

2010 Chatty, D (ed.) Deterritorialized Youth: Afghan and Sahrawi Refugee Young People at the Margins of the Middle East. Oxford and New York: Berghahn Books.

Photo credit: Tatiana Intigrinova/ Oxfam 

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