A Great Lakes Colleges Association initiative supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Somali-Bantu Refugee Oral History Project

Project Statement

Somali-Bantu Refugee Oral History Project

This project explores the experiences of the Somali-Bantu community who resettled in the United States through the US Refugee Resettlement Program. This project is interested in exploring the role of (im)mobility as illuminated through the words of refugees themselves. Our intention as researchers is to offer an archival forum to disrupt, challenge, and catalyze conversations around current dominant public perceptions of refugees.

Listen to the Interviews

This project is in the fieldwork phase. Searchable interviews coming soon.

Additional Materials

This project is in the fieldwork phase. Links to archival materials coming soon.

Funding & Support

This project is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation through the Great Lakes Colleges Association’s Global Liberal Arts Alliance.

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Written by

Brian JK Miller is the co-director of the Allegheny College Public Humanities Program and is an Assistant Professor in the History Department where he teaches classes on the interconnected histories of Europe and the Middle East. Miller’s teaching and research utilizes oral history to investigate and nuance socio-cultural changes within the nineteenth and twentieth-century world. Miller’s 2015 dissertation, Reshaping the Turkish Nation-State: The Turkish-German Guest Worker Program and Planned Development 1959-1985, utilizes oral history interviews that Miller conducted with returned Turkish migrants during a 2012-13 research trip to Turkey. Miller is currently developing a digital humanities project entitled that is dedicated to amplifying the voices of migrants so that they may narrate their own experiences.

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