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22 February 2024
12:30 - 13:30


Building: 1
Room: 21
Other: 1A21


Centre for Cultural and Creative Research (CCCR), Faculty of Arts and Design


Professor Marcia C. Schenck
Mr. Gerawork Gizaw


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Culture and Creativity seminar – The Right to Research: Historical Narratives by Refugee and Global South Researchers

Speaker: Professor Marcia C. Schenck, with Mr Gerawork Gizaw

Date\Time: Thursday 22 February2024, 12:30-13:30

Location: Building 1 Level A Room 1A21, University of Canberra (; 

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The Right to Research brings together the scholarship of nine scholars working with oral history in the context of their lived experiences of displacement. Covering topics from Burundian refugee drummers to Kurdish photojournalism to pottery and identity in Rwandan refugee camps, the volume asks what it would mean to take seriously a “right to research.” In this talk, the editor Marcia Schenck will reflect along with contributor Gerawork Gizaw on the essence of research and the transformative potential of a right to research for unsettling academic conventions and reimagining power dynamics. Together, they think through the challenges and opportunities they see for changing what it means to produce scholarship from and in displacement.

Anyone is welcome!


Marcia C. Schenck is professor of global history at the University of Potsdam, Germany. Her research interests include global history, African history, oral history, migration history, and the history of international organizations. Her latest books are the open-access monograph Remembering Labor Migration to the Second World (Palgrave Macmillan, 2023) and the co-edited anthology The Right to Research (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2023).

Gerawork Gizaw has an MA in Development Economics (PA). A development practitioner, teacher/learning facilitator, and environmentalist; he is an enthusiastic wonderer with a strong interest in understanding the human condition, community organization, and development. He is the recipient of Potsdam University’s Voltaire Prize in 2024 and contributor to The Right to Research.  


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