On November 12, 2020, Joshua Craze was the guest of the Global Citizenship Program of the Webster University. in this introduction to his works, Joshua Craze speak about the research he is currently undertaking in the UNHCR archive and his thoughts about the respective roles of the historian and the novelist. How does the novelist understand the absences of these documents: the loves not mentioned in the biometric survey and the truths elided by bureaucratic records.
With what license can the novelist write imaginatively about real people, glimpsed in backrooms, on reams of dusty paper?
How might we imagine writing the story of the refugee experience in the 20th century?
What role does literature play in writing this story?