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Refugees, asylum and women’s human trafficking in fiction: a discussion

October 19, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Come and join a discussion led by Claire Chambers, University of York, which starts with the idea of an ‘unsafe haven’, we will explore fiction inspired by one of the greatest human rights catastrophes in living memory: the global refugee crisis.

An exploration of fiction by authors from Christian, Muslim, Hindu, secular, and other backgrounds responding to exile and displacement. The focus is on gender, and how women regularly experience sexual violence and may be forced into prostitution or human trafficking through their asylum experiences. The title of Lebanese novelist Nada Awar Jarrar’s An Unsafe Haven signals this. Predominantly set in Beirut, it is the first Anglophone novel of the Syrian refugee calamity, dealing in part with the repercussions of a woman refugee’s rape. Through examinations of Jarrar and other authors, greater understanding of women asylum-seekers’ predicament will be reached.

Claire Chambers teaches global literature at the University of York and is the author of Britain Through Muslim Eyes: Literary Representations, 1780-1988.


This is part of the Big City Read event run by Explore

Adults £3, booking essential


October 19, 2017
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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York Explore
01904 552828


York Explore Library
Library Square, Museum Street
York, YO1 7DS
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