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Sep 27 2023

2023 UIC Sociology Colloquium Series with UIC Black Studies

The Color of Asylum: The Racial Politics of Safe Haven in Brazil with Dr. Katherine Jensen (UW Madison)

September 27, 2023

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM


BSB 4105


1007 W. Harrison St., Chicago, IL 60607

brown background with yellow and white text and headshot of Katherine Jensen

Brazil is widely lauded as the best place in the world for refugees. Yet its celebrated policies veil how racism shapes the everyday politics of asylum. With rare ethnographic access inside the state, the color of asylum captures how racial meanings and hierarchies are produced through everyday bureaucratic practices and encounters. As Syrians, Congolese, and other refugees seek and obtain asylum, the state variable incorporates them into a deeply unequal racial political order. In the process, refugees learn different lessons about brazil and their place in it.

*light lunch will be provided


Lisa Berube

Date posted

Sep 14, 2023

Date updated

Sep 21, 2023