Amanda Poole of the Anthropology Department was an invited presenter at the Georg Arnhold Symposium on Sustainable Peace held at Barnard College Columbia University October 24–25, 2019, in New York City. Poole presented a talk on “Education, Migration, and Future-Making among Eritrean Refugees,” based on a book that she is co-authoring on refugee hosting in Ethiopia.
The sixth Georg Arnhold Symposium brought together senior scholars in the field of refugee education, junior scholars doing cutting edge fieldwork on education and refugee hosting, and scholar-practitioners on policy design and implementation. The goal of the symposium was to explore the complex relationship between refugee education, migration, and sustainable peace across large refugee hosting nations in the global south, where 80 percent of the world’s refugees are hosted. The symposium was co-organized by the Georg Arnhold Program on Education for Sustainable Peace, Braunschweig, Germany, and the Education Program at Barnard College, Columbia University, New York, United States.
Poole’s research has focused on the relationship between education and secondary migration among Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia, one of the largest refugee hosting countries in the world. Her talk discussed the challenges faced by refugees in higher education, and drew from ethnographic research conducted jointly with Jennifer Riggan to explore the harm that education can cause refugees when they are taught to recognize their own potential and discipline themselves to succeed, only to confront structural and symbolic barriers that prevent them from working legally, moving freely, and attaining their aspirations.