Storytelling that Informs Policy

  • Date: 07 June 16:00 - 17:00
  • Location: The Hague Humanity Hub

Forced displacement is the product of numerous system failures. While often documented at critical junctures, such as familial separation, ports of entry, or moments of distress, the reality for many displaced people is a web of convoluted and prolonged governmental, geopolitical, and legal structures. As issues of forced displacement are increasingly viewed through the lens of cycle-based media, lived experiences often go unseen and neglected, forcing refugees, asylum seekers, and other displaced people to develop their own methods of support, visibility, and influence over policy.

Art Works Projects (AWP), in partnership with the Refugee and Forced Displacement Initiative (RAFDI) of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, presents Storytelling that Informs Policy: Addressing Forced Displacement and Refugee Challenges. This event aims to:

(1) raise awareness about the distinct challenges faced by the displaced people that are not receiving much attention;

(2) expand the space for new perspectives and constructive dialogue to engage a diverse audience of stakeholders in questions of public policy to inform actionable solutions; and

(3) help contextualize the complexity of forced displacement through multiple lenses to examine the ways in which refugees are presented in media and politics, and whether this inhibits or supports efforts to activate change.

This symposium will feature a flash talk by photographers, a panel discussion, guest speakers, and an installation of images. The goal is to explore how visual media, lived experience, and other tools can open up dialogue and inform new perspectives and understanding of the root causes and challenges of forced displacement and where, in the ecosystem, each of the stakeholders can play a role in identifying new and creative solutions to address a quickly growing global forced displacement challenge. At the event, guests will have an opportunity to view an installation of AWP's work amplifying stories of forced displacement and the very people whose lives are impacted by the often challenging road to secure a place to call home.

This event will be held in person at The Hague Humanity Hub on June 7, 2023.

16:00 // Symposium

18:00 // Closing Reception

The Hague Humanity Hub

Fluwelen Burgwal 58
2511 CJ Den Haag

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