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About the Lectures

The Annual CRS  Howard Adelman Lectures were inaugurated in 2008 and are one of the major highlights of the Centre’s academic year. This  lecture series is intended not only to honour our founding Director, Howard Adelman, one of the pioneers of the field of refugee and forced migration studies and one of its foremost authorities, but, to provide an opportunity for outstanding and accomplished scholars/practitioners/advocates in the field to address a significant issue and concern that impacts directly on refugees and other forced migrants, affecting their human rights and human dignity as people.

Archived Lectures

"Coloniality, settler colonialism and international migration law" with guest speaker Thomas Spijkerboer, Professor of Migration Law, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, June 17, 2021

“Migration as Decolonization” with guest speaker Tendayi Achiume, September 23, 2019 (poster)

‘Canada as safe haven? Documenting two generations of US war resister migrations ’ with guest speaker Alison Mountz, October 2, 2018 (poster)

‘Cities Of Refuge: Humanitarian Remaking of Urban Spaces’ with guest speaker Romola Sanyal, May 12, 2017 (poster)

‘Unaccompanied Minors, Separated Children, Children on the Move, What Next? The Need for a New Paradigm for Distress Child Migration’ with guest speaker Jacqueline Bhabha, May 10, 2016 (poster)

“The Need to Help: The Domestic Arts of International Humanitarianism" with guest speaker Liisa Malkki, May 4, 2015 (poster)

“One Step Forward Two Steps Back: Ezokola and the State of Exclusions in Canadian Refugee Law” with guest speaker Catherine Dauvergne, November 19, 2013 (poster)

“From Singh to C-31: What…happened?” with guest speaker Peter Showler, November 15, 2012 (poster)

“An Italian Renaissance: Jewish Refugees in Postwar Europe” with guest speaker Robert Rubinstein, November 1, 2011 (poster)

“A View from Guantanamo Bay: Omar Khadr and Canada’s Commitment to Human Rights” with guest speaker Alex Neve, November 22, 2010 (poster)

“SINGH V MEI – An Expectation Fulfilled? Reflections on the 1985 Singh Decision” with guest speaker Barbara Jackman, November 26, 2009 (poster)

“Does Research on Refugees Help Refugees?” inaugural lecture with guest speaker Howard Adelman, April 10, 2008 - Download a copy (poster)