Fazila Bhimji participated in a conference entitled ‘Refugee Voices’ organised by the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford on 3/24/2014. Fazila’s paper entitled ‘Die Asyl-Monologe and the German Actors’ examined the ways in which this documentary theatre allowed the political agency of refugees to manifest themselves during the performance as well as during the follow-up Q & A discussions. Additionally, the paper examined the solidarity efforts and the ideological underpinnings of the theatre team regarding broader refugee politics and activism in Germany. This paper fitted in well with the larger theme of the conference which was to examine the meanings and several layers of Refugee Voices across the globe in different situations including aesthetic expressions.
March 31, 2014