The readings for this term address the colonial legacies and role of empire in the politics of asylum seeking and refugee resettlement. We will further examine empirical research to consider the educational experiences of refugee-background students and the role of education in their lives and larger communities.

Sessions will take place on Google Meet.  If you are on the REE mailing list, you will receive an automatic invite. If not, and you wish to take part, please contact Tyler Denmead at

Week 1: Friday 24 April, 2-3pm

Mayblin, L. (2017). Asylum after Empire: Colonial legacies in the politics of asylum seeking . Chapter 3: Decolonising the problem – please contact Sharon Walker at for the reading

‘So you think you can stay’ – short parody by the Norwegian Organization for Asylum Seekers (2:15)

The Hamilton mixtape: Immigrants (We get the job done) – music video (6:07)

Week 2: Friday 8 May, 2-3pm

Nguyen, M.T. (2012). The gift of freedom: War, debt, and other refugee passages. Duke University Press. Introduction: The empire of freedom.

Rachel L. Swarns ‘Africa’s lost tribe discovers American way’ New York Times; New York, N.Y. 10 Mar 2003: A.1.

Week 3: Friday 22 May, 2-3pm

Roxas, K., & Roy, L. (2012). “That’s how we roll”: A case study of a recently arrived refugee student in an urban high school. The Urban Review, 44, pp. 468-486

Week 4: Friday 5 June, 2-3pm

Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. (2011). ‘Paradoxes of Sahrawi refugees’ educational migration: Promoting self-sufficiency or renewing dependency?’. Comparative Education, 47(4), pp. 433-447