The Shannon Lecture Series will run again this fall, beginning on October 16th. We hope to see you there!

Introduction to the Series

Rewriting Refuge

There are in Canada, as in other countries, many stories about refuge. Some of this history has been used to create powerful nation-building myths, which in turn have facilitated the inclusion of some and the exclusion of others. This edition of the Shannon Lecture Series, “Rewriting Refuge” seeks to explore the history of sanctuary and protection in a new light; by considering the movements of Indigenous peoples, the activism of migrants themselves, the creation of borders, and transnational connections. Featuring scholars working in a range of geographic contexts and temporal periods, the Shannon Lecture Series, “Rewriting Refuge” promises to offer important critical insights into both the past and the present-day.

Refuge histories in Canada and elsewhere are included in nation-building myths – stories that are used to assert who does and does not belong. The 2023 Shannon Lecture Series, “Rewriting Refuge,” explores these histories of sanctuary via Indigenous migrations, migrant activism, creating borders, and transnational connections. Ranging across geography and time, the featured lectures will offer critical insights into the past and present.

The opening event on October 16 at 1:00pm will be held virtually. All other lectures will take place at Woodside Hall in the Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre. The lectures are expected to run from 7:00-8:30pm, and will be streamed as well.

To learn more about the series, and to register for each of the lectures, please visit the Shannon Lectures Fall 2023 page.