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Grassroots Resettlement: Refugee Support and Community Creation in Scandinavia

January 25, 2022—1:00 pm2:00 pm

On Tuesday, January 25th, ASF invites you to a discussion on refugee support and community creation in Scandinavia. In this panel highlighting the work of local people supporting incoming refugees in Norway and Sweden, we’ll hear from a Norwegian asylum center director, a Swedish community organizer, and two resettled refugees to Norway who have made it their life’s work to advocate for their communities and build bridges between refugees and native-born Scandinavians. 

Panelists include: Bente Nygård, Director at the Solbakken residential asylum center in Florø, Norway; Mårthen Mirza, Cultural minister for Lund county, Sweden; Adam Dean, Language teacher and Syrian refugee to Norway; Kerrion Joseph Murhesa, Aid worker and Congolese refugee to Norway. 

The discussion will be moderated by Folklorist & ASF Fellow Dr. Sallie Anna Steiner.

This event will take place as a Zoom webinar; please ask questions in the chat or send them in advance to Registration is required; please sign up at the link above. This conversation will be recorded and available later to stream on our Virtual Programming page and on our YouTube channel.


Sallie Anna Steiner, Ph.D., is a folklorist whose research has focused on material culture and grassroots organizing traditions among refugee communities in Norway and the United States. Dr. Steiner graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2019 with a doctoral dissertation entitled “Stitched Together: Craft and Community at a Refugee Sewing Group.” This dissertation drew on two years of fieldwork Dr. Steiner did with the craft traditions and practices of refugee women — particularly women from East Africa — living in a small city in rural Western Norway.

Since returning to the United States, Dr. Steiner has been working in the non-profit sector and continuing her involvement in refugee issues through her independent academic research and her involvement with the volunteer group Open Doors for Refugees in Madison, Wisconsin. Dr. Steiner currently works at the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters.


January 25, 2022
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm