Refugee Identities: A Literary Study of Autobiographies on Forced Migration

Description: This project examines the current value of the legal definition of a "refugee" as established in the 1951 Geneva Convention through an analysis of autobiographical texts by contemporary refugee-authors. I study how global literature by "complicated refugees" challenges the categorizations included in the formal requirement of a "well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion". I conduct this research project as a visiting scholar at Columbia University, New York, a fellow of the Belgian American Educational Foundation (BAEF), and a voluntary postdoctoral researcher at Ghent University in the academic year 2017-2018.
Promoter(s): Stef Craps
Researcher(s): Jessy Carton
Department / Research group: Literary studies
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Philosophy