Wednesday 22 February | 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Join us for the Refugee Alternatives Welcome BBQ. This event will be held directly after day one at the UNSW campus. We would like to warmly welcome you all along to enjoy this time to debrief after day one’s discussions and to connect with other participants. A range of food and refreshments will be served. Please note that this is a ticketed event in addition to the conference. Tickets are $10 and are now available via Eventbrite here.
Tuesday 21 February | 5.00pm – 7.00pm
Join us for a live performance by Vietnamese/Australian artist and UNSW Art & Design PhD candidate James Nguyen and a special viewing of EXIT.
Through his work, James Nguyen explores the difficulties faced by many migrant communities in their adopted countries. For this performance, Nguyen continues his collaboration with family members to reconstruct the story of his aunt’s failed attempt to flee post-war Vietnam. The performance titled Eva navigates gender politics within his family as each member retells the story from memory.
Films for now
Wednesday 22 February | 10.00am – 4.00pm and Thursday 23 February | 10.00am – 4.00pm
The Conference will be screening shorts, screen artworks, and feature-length films that address the conditions, hopes, issues and challenges of forced migration in the twenty-first century. Many have been made by people who are themselves refugees, or who have first-hand experience of a difficult migration. Other are by artists and film-makers who engage with the centrality of forced migration to the human condition. Films address the reasons people may (or may not) leave their homes, the enormous hopes and struggles that such journeys entail, and the real dangers that national and supra-national border controls present. We also include works that look at the results of displacement, being out of place can produce loneliness, uncertainty and a sense of missing out on a life well lived, of waiting to start again but not knowing how or when. The films will run across the two days of the conference in a special screening room, titles will be distributed on the day and where possible we will invite a film-maker to introduce the works shown. No bookings required for conference delegates, just come along.
Curated by Stephanie Hemelryk Donald
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UNSW Bookshop carry approximately 17,000 titles in stock and are open 7 days a week. In addition to selling books, they offer friendly service, empathy, and sometimes, chocolate. UNSW Bookshop look forward to seeing you at the Refugee Alternatives Conference in the foyer at Ainsworth with a great range of wonderful publications.
*UNSW Bookshop is located on the Kensington Campus at the western end of the Quadrangle Building.
We will be updating this page with more side events in the coming weeks. Please check in again soon for further updates.