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Home, Exile and Displacement - Histories and Representations of Belonging in the 20th Century, 2020/21, Semester 2
Anna Koch
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Week 1. Introduction  

 Gatrell, The Making of the Modern Refugee. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. Introduction (pp. 1-13).       

J Demos, The Migrant Image: The Art and Politics of Documentary During Global Crisis,Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2013. (Introduction)      

Saloni Mathur (ed.) The Migrant’s Time: Rethinking Art History and Diaspora, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 2011. (Introduction)     

Melissa Dahl, “The Little-Known Medical History of Homesickness, “ in the Cut, FEB. 25, 2016,;

Warsan Shire, “Home,”


Week 2. Territory, population, nation

Benedict Anderson, Imagined Communities, Introduction (pp. 1-9) and Chapter 3 “The Origins of National Consciousness,”(pp. 37-47). London, New York: Verso, 1983.       

Homi Bhaba, “Introduction: narrating the nation,” (pp 1-8)  and “DissemiNation: time, narrative and the margins of the modern nation (pp. 291-323), in ibid,  Nation and Narration, New York: Routledge (1990).     

Eric Weitz, “From Vienna to the Paris System: International Politics and the Entangled Histories of Human Rights, Forced Deportations and Civilizing Missions,” American Historical Review 2008 113(5): 1313- 1343.  

Mark Mazower, “Minorities and the League of Nations in Interwar Europe” Daedalus 126(2) 1997: 47-64.

D. Chakrabarty, “Memories of Displacement: the poetry and prejudice of dwelling” in: D.Chakrabarty, Habitations of Modernity: Essays in the Wake of Subaltern Studies. University of Chicago Press, 2002.


 Week 3. Conceptions of Home

Clare Cooper Marcus, House as a Mirror of Self: Exploring the Deeper Meaning of Home, Conari Pres: Berkeley, 1995.  Chapter 1.     

 Imogen Racz, Art and the Home: Comfort, Alienation and the Everyday. I.B. Taurus, (2015) (Introduction, pp. 1-6 and Chapter 1, “Enclosure”, pp. 7-30).    

 José Pedro Serra (2020) Intellectual and Emotional Types of Homecoming, Journal of Literary Studies, 36:1, 60-75, DOI: 10.1080/02564718.2020.1738716  

Paula Horta & Margarida Pereira Martins (2020) Introduction: Representations of Home: Conflict and/or (Be)longing: Thinking with Stories and Images, Journal of Literary Studies, 36:1, 20-24, DOI: 10.1080/02564718.2020.1738710.


Week 4. Displacement and Exile 

Eva Hoffman, “The New Nomads” in André Aciman, Letters of Transit: Reflections on Exile, Identity, Language, and Loss. New York: New Press, 1999.    Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Edward Said, “Reflections on Exile,” in ibid, Reflections on Exile and Other Essays. London: Granta, 2012, pp. 173-187.      Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Viet Thanh Nguyen, “on being a refugee, an American — and a human being. The Pulitzer Prize winning novelist and Vietnam war refugee reflects on American identity,” in Financial Times;

Satrapi, Marjane. Persepolis 2. Milano: Sperling & Kupfer, 2004. (Chapter 1: The Soup)    Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 


Week 5. Nazism and the Holocaust

Hannah Arendt, “We Refugees”, pp.264-275, in ibid, Jerome Kohn, and Ron H. Feldman. The Jewish Writings. New York: Schocken Books, 2007, pp.264-275.     

 Jean Amery, “How Much Home Does a Person Need?,” in ibid, At the Mind's Limits: Contemplations by a Survivor on Auschwitz and Its Realities (New York: Schocken Books, 1986).     

Bertolt Brecht, “An die dänische Zufluchtsstätte (1940),” To my Danish refuge, The Collected Poems of Bertolt Brecht, 792, New York : W.W. Norton, 2018.    Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

 Marion Kaplan, Hitler’s Jewish Refugees. Hope and Anxiety in Portugal (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2020), Introduction and Chapter 1, pp. 1-65.       


Week 7: The Nakba and Palestinian Displacement

Suleiman Mansur, The Nakba and Palestinian Painting;

“Recognizing the Unrecognized: The Photographs of Ahlam Shibli “in  Demos, T. J. (2013) The Migrant Image: The Art and Politics of Documentary During Global Crisis, Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press. (pp 124 -144,)       

 Edward Said, “The Art of Displacement: Mona Hatoum’s Logic of Irreconcilables,” in Saloni Mathur (ed.) (2011) The Migrant’s Time: Rethinking Art History and Diaspora, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute.     

Gatrell, P. (2016) The Making of the Modern Refugee. Oxford: OUP. Ch. 4.     

Khalidi, R. (2020) The Hundred Years War on Palestine: A History of Settler Colonialism and Resistance. London: Profile Books. Introduction & Ch. 1.     Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Feldman, I. (2006) ‘Home as a Refrain: Remembering and Living Displacement in Gaza’, History and Memory, 18:2: 23-28.  


Tawil-Souri and Dina Matar, ed., Gaza As Metaphor. London: Hurst.

Gregory, D. The Colonial Present: Afghanistan. Palestine. Iraq. Wiley-Blackwell 2004.


Week 8: The Battle of Algiers

Haidar Eid,  and Khaled Ghazel. “Footprints of Fanon in Gillo Pontecorvo's ‘The Battle of Algiers’ and Sembene Ousamne's Xala.” English in Africa, vol. 35, no. 2, 2008, pp. 151–161.  

Lynne Huffer, “Derrida’s Nostalgeria,” Algeria & France, 1800–2000. Identity, Memory, Nostalgia, ed. Patricia M. E. Lorcin (Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2006), 228–246      Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth (Les damnés de la terre). Richard Philcox (trans.), New York: Grove Books, 2005. (Chapter 1)       

Film: The Battle of Algiers (1966)   available via Kanopy.    


Week 9: The Disintegration of Yugoslavia

Rogers Brubaker,  Nationalism Reframed: Nationhood and the National Question in the New Europe (Cambridge: Cambridge University Pres, 1996),Chapter 3, pp. 55-79.       

Aleksandar Hemon, Mapping Home, December 5, 2011  New Yorker  

Jasna Dragovic-Soso, Why did Yugslavia Disintegrate? An Overview of Contending Explanations, , Lenard J. Cohen and Jasna Dragovic-Soso, eds., State Collapse in South-Eastern Europe. New Perspectives on Yugoslavia’s Disintegration, West Lafayette, Indiana, 2008, pp. 1-43.     

Roger D. Petersen, Understanding Ethnic Violence. Fear, Hatred, and Resentment in Twentieth-Century Eastern Europe. Cambridge: CUP, 2002, pp. 208-253.     

Anthony Oberschall, “The Manipulation of Ethnicity: From Ethnic Cooperation to Violence and War in Yugoslavia,” Ethnic and Racial Studies, Vol. 23, No. 6 (November 2000), pp. 982–1001.

Stuart J. Kaufman, Modern Hatreds: The Symbolic Politics of Ethnic War (Ithaca- London: Cornell University Press, 2001), 165-202.

Ivana Maček, Sarajevo under siege: anthropology in wartime (Philadelphia: UPenn Press, 2009).

Dragan Klaic, Post-Yugoslav Theater Exile: Transitory, Partial and Digital, in Neubauer, J., & Török, B. Z. (Eds.). (2009). The Exile and Return of Writers from East-Central Europe. Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter. doi:

Marco Gemignani, The Past if Past: The Use of Memories and Self-Healing Narratives in Refugees from the Former Yugoslavia, Journal of Refugee Studies, Volume 24, Issue 1, March 2011, Pages 132–156,

Aleksandar Hemon, My Mother and the Failed Experiment of Yugoslavia, June 5, 2019, New Yorker


 Week 10 : Refugees in the 21st Century

Danewid, I. (2017) ‘White innocence in the Black Mediterranean: hospitality and the erasure of history’, Third World Quarterly 38(7), 1674-1689.  

Nevins, J. (2016) ‘How US policy in Honduras set the stage for today’s migration’, The Conversation,

Welcome to Italy: Migrant Tales of Survival [Al Jazeera, 2019]. Available online: 190414114240448.html  

Mayblin, L. (2017) Asylum After Empire: Colonial Legacies in the Politics of Asylum Seeking. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield International. (Introduction, pp. 1-13)       

Trilling, Daniel,  'What to do with the people who make it across?', London Review of Books, vol. 37, no. 19, 8 October 2015, 10–12. 

“What’s Driving the Global Refugee Crisis?” The International Crisis Group, September 15, 2016.

Irial Glynn, 'How the spectre of Yugoslavia looms over EU’s handling of the refugee crisis,' in The Conversation

Kermani, Navid, Moses Saman, and Tony Crawford. Upheaval: the refugee trek through Europe. 2017.

Jones, R. (2016) Violent Borders: Refugees and the Right to Move. London: Verso.



Week 11. Return and Memories of Home

 Peter Gatrell, 'Some Kind of Freedom': Refugees, Homecoming, and Refugee Voices in Contemporary History, in ibid, The Making of the Modern Refugee. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2015.     

 Dinaw Mengestu, The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears. New York: Riverhead Press, 2007, pp. 102-228.    OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (HT 15/01/2021)    

Barghūthī, Murīd, and Ahdaf Soueif. I Saw Ramallah. Cairo: American University in Cairo Press, 2008.    Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Auslander, Leora. “Coming Home? Jews in Postwar Paris,“ Journal of Contemporary History, 40 (2005): 237-259.

 Hisham Matar, The return : fathers, sons, and the land in between. London : Penguin, 2016.


Further Reading:

Gohar Homayounpour, Doing Psychoanalysis in Tehran (MIT Press, 2012)

Jana Evans Braziel & Anita Mannur, eds., “Nation, Migration, Globalization: Points of Contention in Diaspora Studies,” in Theorizing Diaspora: A Reader (Blackwell, 2003, 1-22.

Kobena Mercer, ed., Exiles, Diasporas and Strangers (MIT Press, 2008).

Salman Akhtar, Immigration and Identity: Turmoil, Treatment, and Transformation (Jason Aronson, Inc., 1999), 3-39

Sara Ahmed, “Home and Away. Narratives of Migration and Estrangement,” International Journal of Cultural Studies 2 (3) 1999: 329

Svetlana Boym, The Future of Nostalgia (Basic Books, 2002).

Ager, ed., Refugees: Perspectives on the Experience of Forced Migration (Pinter, 1999).

Philomena Essed, Georg Frerks and Joke Schrijvers, eds., Refugees and the Transformation of Societies: Agency, Policies, Ethics and Politics, Vol. 13 Forced Migration (Berghahn Books 2004).

Stuart Hall, “Cultural Identity and Diaspora,” ed. Jonathan Rutherford, Identity: Community, Culture, Difference (Lawrence and Wishart, 1993).

Smadar Lavie and Ted Swedenburg eds., Displacement, Diaspora and Geographies of Identity (Duke UP, 1996).

Chimni, B.S., “The Birth of a ‘Discipline’: From Refugee to Forced Migration Studies,” Journal of Refugee Studies, Vol. 22, No. 1 (2009), pp. 11-29.

Benhabib, Seyla, and Resnik, Judith, eds., Migrations and Mobilities: Citizenship, Borders, and Gender, NY: NYU Press, 2009.

Benhabib, Seyla, The Rights of Others: Aliens, Residents and Citizens, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004. 

Jones, R. (2016) Violent Borders: Refugees and the Right to Move. London: Verso.

Khosravi, S. (2010). “Illegal” Traveller: An Auto-Ethnography of Borders. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Fiddian- Qasmiyeh, G. Loescher, K. Long and N. Sigona, The Oxford Handbook of Refugee and Forced Migration Studies. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Greenhill, K. (2016) Weapons of Mass Migration: Forced Displacement, Coercion, and Foreign Policy. Cornell University Press

Stephanie Smallwood, Saltwater Slavery: A Middle Passage from Africa to American Diaspora (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2007).

Alexander Betts and Will Jones, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford, "The transnational exile complex: How to think about African diaspora politics";

Toyin Falola and Matt Childs (eds.), The Yoruba Diaspora in the Atlantic World (Bloomington, 2004).

Marrus, Michael Robert. The Unwanted: European Refugees from the First World War Through the Cold War. 2002.

Hirsch, Afua. Brit(Ish) On Race, Identity and Belonging. 2018.

Chouliaraki, Lilie. 2006. The Spectatorship of Suffering. London: SAGE Publications Ltd. https://do

Georgiou, Myria. 2018. “Does the Subaltern Speak? Migrant Voices in Digital Europe.” Popular Communication 16 (1): 45–57.

Malkki, Liisa H. 1995. “Refugees and Exile: From ‘Refugee Studies’ to the National Order of Things.” Annual Review of Anthropology 24 (1): 495–523. http s://

Skultans, Vieda. The Testimony of Lives: Narrative and Memory in Post-Soviet Latvia. London: Routledge, 2005.




Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie,  Americanah

Seghers, Transit

Viet Thanh Nguyen, The Sympathizer

Susan Muaddi Darraj,  The Inheritance of Exile

Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being  (1984)

David Bezmozgis,The Free World: A Novel (2011)

S. Naipaul, The Mimic Men (1967)

 Anzia Yezierska, Bread Givers (1925)

Anya Ulinich, Lena Finkle’s Magic Barrel: A Graphic Novel (2014)

Edwidge Danticat, Breath, Eyes, Memory (1998)

Morrison, Toni. Home. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2012.



The Battle of Algiers (1966)

Iuventa: Everyone in Maritime Emergency Deserves Rescue (2018)

The Time That Remains (2009)

Al-Nakba: The Palestinian catastrophe

Fire at Sea (2016).

The Visitor ( 2008) Available on Box of Broadcasts (BoB)

Minari (2020)


This list was last updated on 29/04/2021