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4/24 – Join CISWH at the Center on Forced Displacement Annual Conference featuring Nobel Prize Winner Abdulrazak Gurnah

Friday, April 21, 2023

A Conversation with Abdulrazak Gurnah

Monday, April 24, 2023

6:00 – 8:00 PM 

Morse Auditorium
602 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA

An Annual Conference Event Presented by

The Center on Forced Displacement


Join Prof. Muhammad Zaman, Center for Innovation in Social Work and Health (CISWH) board member and Center on Forced Displacement (CFD) director, for a conversation with Abdulrazak Gurnah, winner of the 2021 Nobel Prize in Literature. At this event inaugurating the first CFD Annual Conference, Gurnah, Prof. Zaman, and Prof. Carrie Preston will discuss research, art and activism.

Abdulrazak Gurnah is known for his novels and critical studies of post-colonial literature. Gurnah grew up in Zanzibar and was forcibly displaced in the 1960s when the oppression and persecution of Arab citizens were widespread throughout the country. Eventually, Gurnah was able to secure asylum in England. Based on his own personal experiences, Gurnah’s novels portray the impacts of decolonization in East Africa.

The CFD Annual Conference is sponsored by the Center on Forced Displacement, the Mellon Foundation, Kilachand Honors College, the Pardee School of Global Studies, the BU Arts Initiative, and the College of Arts & Sciences Center for Humanities.

This event is open to the public, but registration is required. 

Learn More and Register Here

This conversation is followed by a full-day research symposium on April 25 (register for the symposium HERE.)

The Center for Innovation in Social Work & Health (CISWH) is a research center within Boston University School of Social Work (BUSSW). CISWH achieves its mission by building strategic partnerships with those working at the intersection of social work and public health. Leveraging  the expertise of faculty and researchers across BU who focus on the social determinants of health and social justice, the center is committed to improving the health and well-being of vulnerable populations nationally and globally.