Sarah Bishop Receives Harvard Grant
Sarah Bishop received a 2013-2014 Oral History Grant from the Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University to travel to New York, Texas and California to complete oral history interviews with female refugees from Bhutan, Burma (Myanmar), Somalia, and Iraq who are now living in these states. Bishop will utilize these interviews in her dissertation, which provides an in-depth inquiry into the ways in which refugees encounter, interpret, and react to mediated representations of life in the United States that appear in American-made films, government-produced orientation texts, and news journalism. Bishop also intends to interrogate U.S. immigration mythologies.
Bishop will contribute to the Schlesinger archives a corpus of interviews that shed light on the complexity of the refugee experience and that will be useful to other scholars, and to those who facilitate the process of involuntary migration. Bishop’s objective is thus both theoretical and pragmatic, and this generous grant will afford her the support she needs to attend to the multi-sited, multi-lingual nature of this project.