University of London Institute in Paris
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Join us for a reception to mark the recent publication of Voices from the 'Jungle' - Stories from the Calais Refugee Camp (Pluto Press, 2017). We will be hosting several of the book's authors and several of the editors involved in the project for an evening of readings from and reflections on the work.
The evening will also offer an opportunity to view the exhibition resulting from our recent Missing Persons - Lost and Found in Paris workshops and to reconsider the role of maps - both fluid and fixed - in the processes of finding oneself in a new and often strange location.
The evening is being run in association with Being Human 2017, the UK's only national festival of the humanities, and reflects on the long term work of ULIP's Paris Centre for Migrant Writing and Expression.
Often called the 'Jungle', the refugee camp near Calais in Northern France epitomised for many the suffering, uncertainty and violence which characterises the situation of refugees in Europe today. But the media soundbites we hear ignore the voices of the people who lived there - people who travelled to Europe from conflict-torn countries such as Syria, Sudan, Afghanistan and Eritrea: people with astounding stories, who were looking for peace and a better future. Voices from the 'Jungle' is a collection of these stories. Through its pages, the refugees speak to us in powerful, vivid language. They reveal their childhood dreams and struggles for education; the wars and persecution that drove them from their homes; their terror and strength during their extraordinary journeys. They expose the reality of living in the camp; tell of their lives after the 'Jungle' and their hopes for the future. Through their stories, the refugees paint a picture of a different kind of 'Jungle': one with a powerful sense of community despite evictions and attacks, and of a solidarity which crosses national and religious boundaries. Illustrated with photographs and drawings by the writers, and interspersed with poems, this book must be read by everyone seeking to understand the human consequences of this world crisis.
18:00 - Introduction to the work, with readings and reflections from several of the authors and editors involved in the project (Mariann Hafredal, Marie Godin (Oxford), Cigdem Esin and Aura Lounasmaa (University of East London)).
18:45 - Discussion
19:30 - Drinks reception