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Humanities Center to host Humanities Center Fellow Dr. Karen Culcasi

Displacing Territory cover

The WVU Humanities Center is thrilled to welcome Dr. Karen Culcasi, a Humanities Center Fellow, for a thought-provoking discussion based on her new book, “Displacing Territory: Syrian and Palestinian Refugees in Jordan.” This event, set for Thursday, Feb. 1, at 4:30 p.m. in the Milano Room of the Downtown Library, promises to shed light on the complex realities of refugee life.

Culcasi’s insightful work goes beyond mere statistics and headlines. In “Displacing Territory,” she delves into the deeply personal experiences of Palestinian and Syrian refugees in Jordan, explores how their individual understanding of territory shapes their sense of belonging, and navigates the often-mismatched borders imposed by the Western perspective. Through powerful storytelling and meticulous research, Culcasi reveals alternative conceptions of territory that exist outside the traditional state-based divisions.

Presciently, Culcasi brings us into refugees’ diverse realities through their own words. In a time of global upheaval, her scholarship promises to be impactful in shaping the discourse on displacement. Her focus on Jordan, a Global South state that hosts the world’s second-largest number of refugees per capita, serves to reframe the potential strategies in global humanitarian efforts. Her presentation promises to challenge the stereotypical portrayal of refugees often prevalent in the Global North, fostering empathy and understanding for their experiences.

Culcasi is an associate professor in the Department of Geology and Geography in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences.

Following the talk, a reception and book signing will provide an opportunity to meet Culcasi and purchase a signed copy of “Displacing Territory.” This event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Joseph Deal, program assistant, at