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2005 - North American Association For Environmental Education Words: 40 words || 
1. Lawlor, Laurie. "Chronicling Wisconsin Wetlands: Discovering Inspiration, Refuge, Renewal" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the North American Association For Environmental Education, Oct 24, 2005 <Not Available>. 2019-10-23 <>
Publication Type: Presentation Proposal
Abstract: Award-winning Laurie Lawlor, author of recently released "This Tender Place: The Story Of A Wetland Year", will offer hands-on experience using nature journals with K-12 students and other aspiring writers to help hone observation skills, express creativity, and celebrate questioning.

2006 - American Studies Association Words: 301 words || 
2. Bascara, Victor. "Empire as Refuge" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Studies Association, <Not Available>. 2019-10-23 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: "The anti-imperialism of that day is the neocolonialism of today."

That was how, in 1970, William Pomeroy concisely explained what became
of turn-of-the-century discourses of empire in the United States. In
other words, post-1898 arguments against territorial acquisition in the
Pacific and the Caribbean set the stage for the informal imperialism
that would come to define United States ascendance in the twentieth

My presentation examines the aftermath of oppositional politics.
Three-and-a-half decades after Pomeroy's 1970 formulation, his assertion
has only become more persuasive: opposition to one mode of expansion -
formal colonization - has fueled the rise of others - multiculturalism
and economic globalization. Specifically, I examine the ways in which
the figure of the struggling post-1975 Southeast Asian refugee both
displaces and reinscribes the question of empire today. For at this
figure, there is a curious convergence of neocolonialism and

I consider the feasibility of the category Asian American for
Vietnam-era refugees. Are these refugees exceptional or paradigmatic
for Asian American cultural politics? The cultural politics of Asian
Americans, as with all constituencies of post-Civil Rights
mobilizations, bottom-line at success or failure. And Asian Americans
have famously been deemed a success, a so-called model minority. This
mythic status has been a central object of Asian American critique, and
that critique has set the agenda for Asian American mobilization:
locating manifestations and roots of inequality in the face of apparent

This presentation draws on a diverse range of sources for coming to
terms with Asian American refugee culture, particularly Spencer
Nakasako's documentary series on Southeast Asian youth in the San
Francisco Bay Area (1993-present). From a consideration of these
materials we can consider the extent to which post-1975 refugees are a
product of anti-imperialism, of neocolonialism, of multiculturalism, and
of globalization. (We might therefore adapt Pomeroy's formulation to
describe the transitions of the last quarter of the 20th century: The
multiculturalism of that day is the globalization of today.)

2013 - American Sociological Association Annual Meeting Pages: unavailable || Words: 9929 words || 
3. Martinez, Cid. "Safety Zone: A Refuge From Violence" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Hilton New York and Sheraton New York, New York, NY, Aug 09, 2013 Online <PDF>. 2019-10-23 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: Given the limitations of the state, alternative social spaces have taken on new a central space in urban poor areas such as South L.A. Furthermore, the church’s role as an informal source of social control has become more salient with the influx of Latino immigrants, many of whom are noncitizens. They therefore, resort to non-governmental institutions for refuge and protection – primarily as a result of fear of the state. The findings for this chapter are situated in well established body of literature that religious groups, Catholics in particular, generate a parallel set of institutions that protect immigrants from hostile forces. Chapter three suggests that the Catholic Church continues to maintain this long standing tradition of protecting immigrants from hostile forces in the United States.

The chapter argues that instead of protecting immigrants from hostile Protestants in the mid 19th century, the Catholic Church protects immigrants from the ever present state and street gangs. Its social role has been transformed and expanded so that it now acts as a neutral safety zone for both African-Americans and Latinos. Furthermore, it has been transformed so that it is able to reduce conflict among interracial lines. By managing these risks and conflicts, the church shapes the social organization of poor modern urban neighborhoods.
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2013 - American Sociological Association Annual Meeting Pages: unavailable || Words: 7863 words || 
4. Munro, Patricia. and Nervik, Kendra. "Places of Refuge; Places of Renewal: Meaning and Content in Jewish and Protestant Congregational Websites" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Hilton New York and Sheraton New York, New York, NY, Aug 09, 2013 Online <PDF>. 2019-10-23 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: In this paper, we analyze mission statements found on the websites of 73 Jewish and 67 Protestant congregations in the San Francisco Bay Area to compare their core values and practices. Despite similarities in the basic purposes of these websites, we find substantial differences, not only in the content itself, but in the different meanings given to similar areas. Even within a shared American context, these statements reveal how the differing religious traditions create different understandings of mission, membership, and meaning.
Congregation websites almost always include mission statements that define the congregation’s purpose and values, establish an institutional identity, and describe current and potential members. That is, these statements show how leadership thinks about what the congregation is, what it does and how it does it, to whom it should appeal, and why it matters.
Recent research in sociology of religion (e.g.: Ammerman (2004); Chaves (2005); Chen (2008)) has focused on how American religions become “Protestantized,” developing congregations formed by voluntary association in which the primary activities are worship and education. However, little attention has been paid to foundational beliefs that undergird these religions. Our comparison shows that Jewish statements portray the synagogue and congregation as a place of refuge for a people, still largely defined by heritage, who engage in practice, while the Protestant statements portray the church as a place of renewal for believers who then take those beliefs outside the church walls. These substantive differences developed with each religion (Segal, 1986) and continue to shape them today.

2015 - National Women's Studies Association Words: 100 words || 
5. Caron, Roxane. "Exile and Refuge of Palestinian Refugee Women in Lebanon: Between Attachment and Encampment" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Women's Studies Association, Wisconsin Center, Milwaukee, WI, Nov 12, 2015 <Not Available>. 2019-10-23 <>
Publication Type: Individual Paper
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: Based on the results of a qualitative research on the experience of exile of Palestinian women living in a refugee camp in Lebanon (Caron, 2012) using a postcolonial feminist framework (Mohanty, 1988; Spivak, 1988), the objective of this communication is to look at the meaning that women give to their lives in a refugee camp despite wars and prolonged exile that put them at risk. Through a matrix of oppressions (Hill Collins, 2000), I’ll show an overview of the "world" in which women operate. This analysis will allow us to see the complexity of this world and its dynamic appearance.

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