8 december 2019
Crea, Nieuwe Achtergracht 170, 1018 WV Amsterdam

The NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies and IMIS Osnabrück kindly invite you to the public seminar Negotiating Displacement on December 8, 2019 hosted by Crea Amsterdam. The afternoon will feature a shared lunch and showing of Watani my Homeland (Marcel Mettelsiefen, 2017) to open up discussions.

During this seminar we want to explore the experiences of war and mass displacement from many different perspectives. Our hope is that by the end of the afternoon we all will have more subtle ideas about the perspectives and experiences of others, and ourselves. 

Being represented as a ‘refugee’, as ‘receiving society’, as a ‘migrant’ or ‘concerned citizen’ often shapes our debates and practices when it comes to mass displacement caused by war and mass violence. On December 8 we would like to start breaking down these categories and invite people eager to engage in this, to find new perspectives and more permeable ways of thinking about ourselves and others.

The public seminar is part of the two-day conference ‘Negotiating Displacement: New Perspectives in War, Migration and Refugee Studies’. On Monday, December 9, an academic meeting will take place. The conference’s guiding question is how displacement has been negotiated by individuals and groups from the First World War to the present in a global perspective.

Register here. Attendance is free.


11:30 – doors open
12.00 – lunch, provided by Jude Catering
14:00 – showing of Watani my Homeland (Marcel Mettelsiefen, 2017), in cooperation with Movies that Matter
15:20 – Discussion
16:00 – Drinks
17:00 – End

For more information and registration for the academic workshop on December 9, 2019, see here.

Internally displaced persons (IDPs), seen here inside a UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) tent, in Beto Timur. 03/07/2008. Beto Timur, Timor-Leste. UN Photo/Martine Perret. www.un.org/av/photo/

About Jude catering
Connecting people – developing talents – that is the aim of our social enterprise Jude catering. We do that by serving authentic, home-made Syrian food in a contemporary way. Employees of the social enterprise are Syrian people who love to cook and are very good at it. They love to introduce the tasty and varicolored Syrian kitchen to other people. At the same time they would like to actively contribute to the Dutch society; by meeting Dutch people, by practicing the language and find a job or education. The social enterprise supports them with that by organizing workshops, training en of course the experience while working in the catering.

About Watani my Homeland
Watani, My Homeland (Marcel Mettelsiefen, 2017) is the story of one family's fight and struggle to survive the Syrian Civil War. Having lost her husband, a mother makes the heart achingly painful decision to leave her homeland, in search of safety and a brighter future for her offspring. Filmed over three years primarily through the eyes of the children, the documentary chronicles the family's journey from the front-line in Aleppo, to a little town in Germany.

Register here. Attendance is free.