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Discussion: “Midnight Traveler: Uncertain Journeys to and through EU”

October 16, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

This event will focus on the film Midnight Traveler, a 2019 documentary filmed on cell phone cameras by an asylum-seeking filmmaker and his family traveling from Afghanistan to Europe. This documentary is a first-hand account of displacement and border crossing, providing insights into the cruelties of border regimes and systems of refugee governance.

Panelists include:

Emelie Mahdavian, Co-writer and Editor, Midnight Traveler

Lily Herbert, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Nadia Yaqub, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Christian Wilhelm, Humboldt University of Berlin

This panel is part of the conference, “Encountering Difference, Embodying Boundaries, and Unsettling Borders: Middle Eastern Refugees and Immigrants in the European Union.” This virtual conference explores how Middle Eastern refugee and immigrant experiences provide insights into the production of difference, boundaries, and borders by unsettling established understandings of identity, statehood, and territory in and on the edges of the European Union.




Sponsored by the UNC Center for European Studies, UNC Global, UNC College of Arts and Sciences, and the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies.


October 16, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm