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Sanctuary and the City: Reflections on Place and History

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Ottawa Art Gallery

50 Mackenzie King Bridge

Ottawa, ON K1N 0C5

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Everyone has the right to live in dignity and safety - in a place of sanctuary.

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Debates around Sanctuary could not be more urgent today. What does this ancient tradition mean in our contemporary world, especially as calls for higher walls and tougher borders seem to ring louder by the day? Come and listen to historian Laura Madokoro discuss the significance of Sanctuary practices for Ottawa and beyond. Her talk will focus on the history of sanctuary in Montreal, reflecting on the relationship between particular histories of place, notions of responsibility and the perils and pitfalls of historical, and lived, anonymity.

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Laura Madokoro is a historian and Associate Professor in the Department of History at Carleton University. Her research explores the entangled history of migrants, refugees, humanitarians and state authorities in shaping the possibilities and experiences of refuge.

She is the author of Elusive Refuge: Chinese Migrants in the Cold War(Harvard, 2016) and co-editor of Dominion of Race: Rethinking Canada’s International History (UBC, 2017).

Her work has appeared in a number of journals including the Journal of Refugee Studies, Refuge and the Canadian Historical Review and she also contributes regularly to print, visual and social media, including www.activehistory.ca.

Her current research is a history of sanctuary among white settler societies.

Ottawa Sanctuary Network is a collective of activists, academics, migrants and members of our community who believe in status for all and oppose discrimination on the basis of immigration status in the provision of services. Sanctuary City Ottawa is the campaign to make Ottawa a sanctuary city.

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