• Towards a Phenomenology of Displacement

A Philosophy Colloquium Event by Serena Parekh

Tuesday, April 24, 2012
McDermott Conference Room, 1st floor Donahue Building
41 Temple Street, Beacon Hill

Suffolk University Philosophy Department Presents an event in the Philosophy Colloquium Series by Serena Parekh, Department of Philosophy and Religion, Northeastern University.

From Parekh:
In this paper I argue that philosophers ought to employ a phenomenological approach when thinking about moral obligations to refugees. This approach moves beyond the legal categorization of people (as refugees, economic migrants, stateless, etc.) towards an appreciation of the lived experience of displacement. Using the work of Michel Agier, Giorgio Agamben, and Hannah Arendt, I argue that the forcibly displaced should be defined not by their legal status but by two existential qualities: their undesirability and abandonment, and their reduction pure biological life and victimhood. Ultimately, this leads to a new form of being-in-the-world, one characterized as being removed from the common world, or no-longer-being-in-the world. An appreciation of this reality gives rise to new sets of obligations.

All are welcome!


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