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Presented By: Institute for the Humanities

Hear, Here: Humanities Up Close

“The Problem of the Refugee Writer” with Hadji Bakara

Holland House Library after an air raid Holland House Library after an air raid
Holland House Library after an air raid
With the “Hear, Here” series, we aim to facilitate conversations around new research in the humanities. Faculty fellows at the Institute for the Humanities will discuss a part of their current project in a short talk followed by a Q & A session. Today: “The Problem of the Refugee Writer” with Hadji Bakara.

About the talk:
In the first decades of the twentieth-century a new historical figure appeared: the refugee writer. In this talk, I tell the story of these displaced and stateless writers through the archives of an organization that tried to help them: The P.E.N Refugee Writers Fund. The story of this short-lived and experimental organization, I argue, is also the story of how writing became a human right in the wake of the catastrophes of mid-century.

About Hadji Bakara:
Hadji Bakara is a 2022-23 Helmut F. Stern Faculty Fellow at the Institute for the Humanities and assistant professor of English language and literature.

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