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March 8, 2019 | 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Category: Lecture
Location: Tierney Alumni House | Map
5510 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: Free

An Emeritus Academy colloquium presentation by Frances Trix, Anthropology

Abstract: In 2015 Frances Trix worked in Refugee Transit Camps in Macedonia with Middle Eastern refugees coming through Europe on the Balkan Migrant Trail. In 2016 she studied communities across Germany where many of these refugees sought asylum. This presentation focuses on what affects attitudes toward refugees, entry of refugees through Macedonia, and accommodation of asylum-seekers inside Germany in communities of three different sizes. Trix has recently published a book on these topics entitled, Europe and the Refugee Crisis: Local Responses to Migration (2018). In her research she presents a human perspective on host and refugee interaction, and works to inspire others to new initiatives in working with refugees.

Frances Trix is a linguistic anthropologist who taught in Anthropology at Wayne State University from 1990 to 2005. She taught at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, from 2005 to 2015. During this time she had a senior research Fulbright in Istanbul, an IREX in the Balkans, and was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow in Washington, D.C. She retired as professor from the departments of Linguistics and Anthropology and as a Distinguished Senior Scholar, Center for Study of the Middle East. Her research has focused on Albanians, Islam in the Balkans, the Bektashi Order, and forced migration. She has published six books and many articles. Recent books include: The Sufi Journey of Baba Rexheb(2009) and Urban Muslim Migrants in Istanbul: Identity and Trauma of Balkan Immigrants (2017). 

Place: First floor conference room of the Tierney Alumni House, 5510 Woodward (just north of the Park Shelton parking structure on NE corner of Woodward and Ferry St.). Visitor parking available behind the building. Please come to the rear door of the house and ring the bell for entrance. There is handicap parking and a ramp to the front of the building for those who need it.

For more information about this event, please contact Arthur Marotti at 313-577-2490 or