W081
Crisis, pain and wellbeing: the imagining and bearing of refugee/migrants social, moral and existential crisis

Convenors:
Anne Sigfrid Grønseth (Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Lillehammer)
Janus Oomen (University of Amsterdam)
Discussant:
Andrew Dawson and Annemiek Richters
Location:
Arts Classhall D
Start time:
25 August, 2010 at 11:30
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

We explore how to examine the refugee/migrants who experience crisis of war, unemployment, and prejudicial treatment that rupture everyday life. Papers highlight how migrants experience the crisis, how the receiving population imagine the crisis, how this link to identity, solidarity, existentialism

Long abstract:

This session is to shed light on how we can critically examine, explore and imagine the millions of refugee and migrants in the world who experience crisis of war, torture, starvation, epidemiology, unemployment, exploitation, prejudicial treatment and social marginalisation that disturb and rupture everyday life. We hold that migration alone does not lead to poor health. Rather it is a number of circumstances such as employment status, housing conditions, traumatic events and existential humiliation before, during or after dislocation and resettlement that lead to distress and reduced health. Departing from studies of refugee/migrant illness, pain, wellbeing and success we invite papers to discuss how these experiences link to issues of identity, cosmology, solidarity, morality and existentialism. We call for papers that highlight on the one side how refugee/migrants themselves experience distinct crisis - and on the other side how the receiving (majority/native) population imagine, perceive and describe the crisis - all linked to shifting moments and contexts as well as to various pains, feelings, meanings and social relations.