On the 16th of March 2020, Refugee Hosts’ Co-I Prof. Lyndsey Stonebridge will offer a guest talk at Bard College, Berlin, titled ‘Refugees ask Refugees: The Poetics of Displacement’. The talk will draw on the Refugee Hosts project, including the writing of Refugee Hosts’ writer-in-residence, Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, whose poetic lines in ‘Writing the Camp. Vis-à-vis or a Camp’ are echoed in the title of Prof. Stonebridge’s talk:
Refugees ask other refugees, who are we to come to you and who are you to come to us? Nobody answers. Palestinians, Syrians, Iraqis, Kurds share the camp, the same-different camp, the camp of a camp. They have all come to re-originate the beginning with their own hands and feet.
Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, ‘Writing the Camp. Vis-à-vis or a Camp’
Prof. Stonebridge’s contribution is part of Bard College’s Spring lecture series, ‘Border Regimes: Histories, Imaginaries, Futures’, which examines ‘the border as an idea and as a praxis’ and as a ‘dynamic process shaped by violent regimes.’ More information about the lecture series can be found here.
To read more about Refugee Hosts’ creative approach and writing you can visit our Creative Archive, here. In October 2019, the Refugee Hosts Conference, Without Exception: The Politics and Poetics of Local Responses to Displacement, included a panel on Writing Displacements into Literature (which you can listen to here) and a workshop on Translation, Literature and Precarity (available here).