In the context of a hostile or ‘compliant’ immigration policy, many seeking asylum in the UK find themselves and their families at risk of detention or destitution. Those who work with refugees often understand their role as, at core, one of accompaniment: being with and for the other. This project seeks to reflect on this practice of accompaniment, examining not only what it can contribute to the lives of refugees, but also how it can be transformative: transformative for those who walk with others, and transformative even of the social structures that marginalize refugees.
This conference will be the fruit of a unique collaboration between Campion Hall, University of Oxford, and the Jesuit Refugee Service UK, bringing together academics working in theology and related disciplines, practitioners serving refugees, and - most importantly - those seeking asylum themselves.
The willingness to encounter refugees, to listen to their stories, and to walk with them, opens up the possibilities of new perceptions, ones more in touch with the human realities of men, women and children who seek asylum on our shores.
JRS volunteers, and anyone seeking asylum, are welcome to attend for free. Please simply select Guest of JRS when booking your ticket, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The event will be followed by a social, until 6:00pm. Please join us.
Sarah Teather (Director of Jesuit Refugee Service UK)
Dr Susanna Snyder (Ripon College, Cuddesdon)
Dr Nicholas Austin (Campion Hall, University of Oxford)
Dr Anna Rowlands (Durham University)
Dr Sophie Cartwright (JRS UK)
Dr Joshua Ralston (University of Edinburgh)
WHERE: London Jesuit Centre, 114 Mount Street, London (W1K 3AY)
WHEN: Wednesday September 18, 2019 - 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM (reception to follow until 6:00pm)
Registration is available via the Eventbrite page linked on the left-hand side of this page (also available here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/walking-with-refugees-tickets-65255073682). Student discounts available. Refugees who wish to attend will not be charged (registration is still requested)