"We commonly see exile as having a spiritual, intellectual or artistic dimension. Out of this experience of deracination, illustrious figures have emerged, have even come into their own through a veritable tradition of exile literature. (…) Today the historical situation is radically different. The people whom we used to call exiles no longer arrive anywhere where they can start to plant the seeds of the story, the poem or party of their exile. The figure of the exile no longer has any ground upon which to grow simply because there is no longer any place that is recognized as the exile’s place, unless it is a camp, a place of exclusion, of obstructed movement. We have gone from the spiritual grandeur of the exile to the institutional deprivation of the refugee or the ‘undocumented foreigner.’ " Michel Agier
At The Cooper Union, panelists from various backgrounds exchanged their visions on hospitality, refuge, and asylum. The discussion was a great opportunity to hear diverse points of view, whether deriving from the panelists’ work experience or academic analysis. Find below their essays or watch the full video on Dailymotion.
How can we talk about exile, refuges and hospitality in a world with no outside? by Michel Agier (La version originale est disponible ici)
Asylum, Hospitality and the Urban Fringe: Thoughts on the Situation of “Migrant Roma” in French Cities by Olivier Legros (Asile, hospitalité et marges urbaines : réflexions sur la situation des "Roms migrants" dans les villes françaises)
Download here the essay by Ashley Caudill-Mirillo, Supervisory Asylum Officer.
For a broader view on asylum, migrations and exodus, do not miss the two panels dedicated to the topic, as part of the International Forum of the Novel. The panel "Migration" will address the different ways to write about a country that one has fled or left. The round-table "Leaving" will focus on the links between escape and literature.