Mom’s Life Opened the Door to a Refugee’s Existence

To flee one’s homeland. To live in exile. To lose and find oneself in a new country. These are the themes Li Bennich-Björkman explores in her book ”Sörja ett liv, leva ett annat” (“Grieving one life, living another”).

Bennich-Björkman’s journey into the darkness and light of exile begins in 1944 when her mother flees Estonia to Sweden. She has also interviewed Bosnian refugees who are now scattered around the world. Bennich-Björkman traveled around Europe to get an understanding of how it felt to live in these different countries. She has spent 20 years interviewing people in exile, giving them a voice and a face.

Writing the book turned out to be a way to understand her own mother, and what happens to an individual who is forced to leave a life behind to build a new one. The collected stories are further enhanced by the photos accompanying the lecture.

Li Bennich-Björkman is Johan Skytte Professor in Political Science and Eloquence at the Department of Government, she is also a Professor at the Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Uppsala University.

SATURDAY September 28 | 1 pm
Location: IRES library, Gamla torget 3,
3rd floor.
Number of participants: 90
Length: 90 minutes