Amanda Poole Chairs Panel on Refugees and Statemaking at the American Anthropological Association Annual Conference

Posted on 12/4/2017 12:21:42 PM

Amanda Poole chaired a panel that she co-organized called “Keeping the Gate: Refugee Management as Statemaking in a Post-Sovereign Era” at the American Anthropological Association annual conference held November 30 to December 3 in Washington, D.C.

This panel focused on comparative ethnographic case studies on the intersection of refugee management and statemaking, exploring the critical question of how and why walls go up in some countries, while other countries, particularly in the global south, are crafting new and more welcome portals for refugees.

In addition to chairing the session, Poole presented a paper co-written with colleague Jennifer Riggan of Arcadia University. The paper was titled “The Hosting State and Its Restless Guests: Exploring the Intersection of Global, Regional, and Local Politics through an Ethnographic Examination of the Relationship between the Ethiopian State and Eritrean Refugees.”