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Session C5029 (Global Arab America: Cosmopolitanism and its Discontents), 2017
What cosmopolitanisms are engendered by U.S. refugee resettlement programs in the Middle East? In what ways are these practices of cosmopolitanism coerced by or subversive of official immigration channels? Finally, how are constructs of the Arab-American "refugee" gendered as cosmopolitan subjects? This presentation approaches cosmopolitanism as an asymmetrical translational practice. Reflecting on the resettlement of Iraqis and Syrians in the U.S. between 2007 and 2017--as well as the abrupt cessation of refugee resettlement in 2017--the talk examines how certain gendered subjectivities, such as “widow” or “martyr’s wife” are re-appropriated in translation, and other subjectivities, such as “women at risk," are authorized in the process of refugee resettlement.