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2022 St Andrews Sanctuary Lecture What does 'Sanctuary' mean?

As part of the University's Sanctuary Celebration Week 2022, join Professor Rebecca Sweetman (School of Classics) and Dr Natasha Saunders (School of International Relations) for the inaugural St Andrews Sanctuary Lecture.

What does it mean to provide ‘sanctuary' to those seeking safety? Answers to this question have differed across time and place, and imply different actions and responsibilities of those tasked with, or who take upon themselves, the provision of sanctuary for those in need.

St Andrews' first annual Sanctuary Lecture reflects upon this fundamental question, drawing on insights from the ancient Greek world and the present day, and asks what ‘sanctuary' may require not only of states and those with political power, but of local communities, institutions such as universities, and of individuals.

Rebecca Sweetman is a professor of ancient history and archaeology in the School of Classics. While she works on exile, resilience, networks and mobility more generally, she has recently begun looking at placemaking and displacement as an element of Christianization processes in the Late Antique period. Rebecca led on the University's application to become a University of Sanctuary and is currently mentoring in the Cara Syria Programme.

Natasha Saunders is a Lecturer in the School of International Relations. Her research and teaching focus on migration, human rights, border politics and resistance. In addition to publishing on the UK City of Sanctuary movement, she is a member of the University's Sanctuary Operations Group.

If you would like to register for this lecture or find out more information, please email sanctuary@st-andrews.ac.uk.

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