On 4 July 2003, a one-day “Cultural Research and Refugee Studies” workshop
was held in Sydney. Greg Gow and Amanda Wise organized the workshop, a
cooperative venture between the cultural research centers of the University of
Western Sydney and the Australian National University. It brought together a
large group of researchers, practitioners, and community representatives to
exchange ideas about cultural research among refugees and asylum seekers in
Australia. The three articles that follow, by Gow, Wise, and Glazebrook, present
a particular perspective on the methodology of studying and analyzing refugee
behavior in Cultural Studies, stressing the significance of considering the emotive
and affective aspects of their status and position. Wise’s material considers
East Timorese refugees, many of whom now have residence in Australia,
while Gow and Glazebrook examine more recent refugees and asylum seekers
from Iraq and Central Afghanistan, respectively, many of whom still have
uncertain futures. Comments from a panel discussion by Khalid Koser, Pnina
Werbner, and Ien Ang complete this thematic section.
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