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2017 Conference - Language and Asylum in the Age of Suspicion (AAA@AAAL)
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This colloquium explores the problematic nature of asylum—one of the most complex adjudication procedures performed by contemporary bureaucracies. The presenters recognize asylum as a paradigmatic case of the tensions and overlaps between impulses toward humanitarianism and anxieties about security, both of which play into the politics of suspicion that characterizes contemporary asylum policy and practice. Using an array of linguistic tools (taken from narratology, translation studies, linguistic anthropology, and digital communication), they document these tensions through emblematic asylum case studies.
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