“One Refugee Without Hope is too Many” was the UN Refugee Agency’s campaign slogan for World Refugee Day 2011. Without disagreeing with this claim, Kim Huynh will discuss how forced displacement and extreme alienation can have a positive and valuable impact on peoples’ lives and work. He will look at how persecution and being out of place shaped Albert Einstein’s vision of the universe, Primo Levi’s survival in Auschwitz and subsequent writing, Leo Strauss’ esoteric philosophy, Roman Polanski’s films and his own upbringing in Canberra as a child of Vietnamese boatpeople.
Refugees, non-refugees along with lovers of physics, literature, philosophy and film are most welcome.
Kim Huynh teaches courses in refugee politics and political philosophy at ANU. The biography of his parents, Where the Sea Takes Us, has attracted academic and popular acclaim. Kim co-edited The Culture Wars: Australian and American Politics in the 21st Century and has published articles on political theory, women’s studies and forced migration along with contributing essays to Australian newspapers and BBC Vietnam. He currently holds an Asialink writing residency and is working on a collection of short stories about youth, love and faith in contemporary Vietnam.
The United Nations’ (UN) World Refugee Day is observed on June 20 each year. This event honours the courage, strength and determination of women, men and children who are forced to flee their homeland under threat of persecution, conflict and violence.
This lecture is to acknowledge World Refugee Day.
Herbert & Valmae Freilich Foundation
ANU College of
Arts & Social
||Dr Kim Huynh, Asialink Resident 2012, School of Politics and International Relations, ANU
||Sir Roland Wilson Building, McCoy Circuit
|Date: ||Wednesday, 20 June 2012|
|Time: ||6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Freilich Foundation on 6125 5527