Anthropologist Poole Presents on Eritrean Refugees in Ethiopia

Posted on 10/2/2015 10:40:49 AM

Amanda Poole presented a paper titled “Eritreans in Ethiopia: Dislocations and Boundaries of Belonging along the Eritrean-Ethiopian Border” at the Conference on Disasters, Displacement, and Human Rights at the University of Tennessee–Knoxville on September 26, 2015.

Ethiopia is the second largest country of asylum for Eritrean refugees, some of whom settle there, while many others envision Ethiopia as the first step in a longer journey in which they are vulnerable to human trafficking networks that span the region.

How and why do people navigate this border region? How might these stories of dislocation reveal political transformations occurring in and around Eritrea, and what are the limitations of piecing together a portrait of life in contemporary Eritrea based on the stories of those who have fled? What has been the role of this border, militarized for 15 years, in reconstituting social and political life and livelihoods? Poole's paper explored these questions with observations based on a pilot visit to Eritrean refugee camps in the Tigray region of Ethiopia in June 2015.

The conference, held September 25–27, was organized on the theme Bridging Collaborative Gaps. This was the second conference hosted by the Graduate Program in Disasters, Displacement, and Human Rights. The program graduates interdisciplinarily trained researchers and practitioners who address natural and anthropogenic disasters, conflict and violence, historical and contemporary processes of displacement, and development.

Department of Anthropology