1st Edition

Refugees and Knowledge Production Europe's Past and Present

Edited By Magdalena Kmak, Heta Björklund Copyright 2022
    234 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    234 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Building on research within the fields of exile studies and critical migration studies and drawing links between historical and contemporary ‘refugee scholarship’, this volume challenges the bias of methodological nationalism and Eurocentrism in discussing the multifaceted forms of knowledge emerging in the context of migration and mobility. With critical attention to the meaning, production and scope of ‘refugee scholarship’ generated at the institutions of higher education, it also focuses on ‘refugee knowledge’ produced outside academia, and scrutinizes the conditions according to which it is validated or silenced. Presenting studies of historical refuge and exile, together with the experiences of contemporary refugee scholars, this book will appeal to scholars across the social sciences with interests in forced migration, refugee studies, the sociology of knowledge and the phenomenon of ‘insider’ knowledge, and research methods and methodology.

    The Open Access version of this book, available at www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.


    Magdalena Kmak and Heta Björklund

    Part I: Beyond Methodological and Eurocentric Nationalism in Research on Scholarship

    1. Methodological Nationalism and Migration Studies: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

    Pedro T. Magalhães and Laura Sumari

    2. Refugee and Migrant Knowledge as Historical Narratives

    Prem Kumar Rajaram

    3. Narratives on ‘Refugee Knowledge’ in the Institutions of Europe

    Bea Bergholm and Reetta Toivanen

    4. The World as an Exiling Political Structure: Yassin Al-Haj Saleh’s Conceptualisation of Exile

    Elsayed Mahmoud Elsehamy

    Part II: Refugee Scholarship and Scholarly Identity

    5. Exile and Emigration from the Third Reich: Stages and Results of Research in Germany

    Alfons Söllner

    6. Personal and Academic Narratives of Exiled and Displaced Scholars

    Magdalena Kmak and Mehrnoosh Farzamfar

    7. Refugee Scholars Then and Now

    Carol Bohmer

    8. Beyond Authoritarianism: Migration, Uncertainty and a Sense of Belonging Among Public Intellectuals

    Christian Franklin Svensson

    Part III: Silencing and Gatekeeping Knowledges

    9. The Silenced Majority: Academic Refugees and the Vicissitudes of Readaptation

    Kaius Tuori

    10. Reframing the Subject: Affective Knowledge in the Urgency of Refuge

    Ali Ali

    11. Nursing Trauma, Harvesting Data: Refugee Knowledge and Refugee Labour in the International Humanitarian Regime

    Nadine Hassouneh and Elisa Pascucci


    Magdalena Kmak is a Professor of International Law with specialization in Migration and Minority Research at Åbo Akademi University, Finland and a researcher at the University of Helsinki, Finland.

    Heta Björklund has a PhD in Classics from the University of Helsinki, Finland. She has previously worked as an editor at the Classical journal Arctos and is the co-editor of Roman Law and the Idea of Europe.