Abigail Stepnitz

Abigail Stepnitz is a PhD Student in Jurisprudence & Social Policy at UC Berkeley. Her research focuses on law, language, and culture, with a particular emphasis on experiences of refugees and asylum seekers. She is currently affiliated with the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues and teaches in the USF Masters of Migration Studies program.

Re(art)iculating Refugees: Spectacle and the Cultural Contestation of Law

Stepnitz argues that the waning relevance of current refugee law creates a space in which the legal conception of the refugee can and must be challenged. Through the work of the Berlin-based Center for Political Beauty, she explores one way in which art offers an alternative vision in which refugees are rearticulated first and foremost as human and welcome.