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Countering Displacements

The Creativity and Resilience of Indigenous and Refugee-ed Peoples

The essays in this collection explore the activities of two populations of displaced peoples that are seldom discussed together: Indigenous peoples and refugees or diasporic peoples around the world. Rather than focusing on victimhood, the authors focus on the creativity and agency of displaced peoples, thereby emphasizing capacity and resilience. Throughout their chapters, they show how cultural activities-from public performance to filmmaking to community arts-recur as significant ways in which people counter the powers of displacement. This book is an indispensable resource for displaced peoples everywhere and the policy makers, social scientists, and others who work in concert with them. Contributors: Catherine Graham, Subhasri Ghosh, Jon Gordon, Maroussia Hajdukowski-Ahmed, Agnes Kramer-Hamstra, Mazen Masri, Jean McDonald, and Pavithra Narayanan.

About the Authors

Daniel Coleman is Professor of Canadian Literature, Department of English and Cultural Studies, McMaster University. He lives in Hamilton. Erin Goheen Glanville is a PhD Candidate in English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University. She lives in Vancouver. Wafaa Hasan recently completed her PhD in English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University and was founding Associate Director for the Symposium for the CRC on Diversity in Canadian Literary Cultures. She lives in Toronto. Agnes Kramer-Hamstra is Professor of Literature in the Department of English at St. Stephen's University. She lives in St. Stephen, New Brunswick. Jon Gordon (1979-2016) taught Writing Studies at the University of Alberta and at Athabasca University. He was the winner of the William Hardy Alexander Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (2012). He also taught at the University of Western Ontario, Maskwacis Cultural College, and at The King's University.


"Countering Displacements brings together citizenship studies, refugee studies, diaspora studies and indigenous studies to create new conversations.. It is a book that offers diverse and challenging reflections on a wide range of questions around dispossession, migration, and the resilience to remake lives. Everyone working on postcolonial studies will find something of interest here." Pamela McCallum, Chimo

"In Countering Displacements, eight brilliant essays focus on histories of displacement across the world, shedding light on the reality of people's everyday lives when fighting for the right to move or to stay.. This is a book like no other: where refugees' ongoing confrontation with authority, land exploitation, Indigenous self-determination and questions of citizenship are re-created in relation to one another, forming ways to creatively and collectively redefine statehood, nationality and legality." Ro Velasquez Guzman, Shameless, Spring 2013

"In addition to its unique assemblage of refugee and Indigenous voices, the most exciting aspect of this book is its envisioning of resistance through creativity. Authors include forms of resistance and affirmation ranging from creative works to policy-making to outright protest.... These eight divergent essays together comprise a collection that is genuinely evocative and courageous. In concluding, I will leave you with an inspirational statement, alluded to in my title, from Hajdukowski-Ahmed's writing. She says, 'creativity is an alchemy that can transform pain into art, testimony, and hope.' One after another, the chapters in Countering Displacements work to describe this alchemy, and to attest to the strength of those who practice it within their political and cultural struggles." Aubrey Hanson, The Goose 2013 Double Issue [Full review at]

"This collection provides a thoughtful response to a rising global issue. Throughout the collection there is an underlying presence of human rights rhetoric and although not explicitly stated, it is worth noting that the trend toward moving human rights out of juridical and legal frameworks to humanities based research is helpful in developing creative solutions to problems of displacement." Alexander Hartwiger, Transnational Literature, November 2012 [Full review at]

"...thoughtful and strongly humanitarian collection, highly recommended especially for college library anthropology, sociology, and cultural studies collections."—Reviewer's Choice

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