Prof. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh was invited to reflect on her research with regards to ‘The Ethics and Politics of Representation’ at the Power and the Politics in/of Ethnographic Research Seminar Series, hosted by University College London.

This seminar was the fourth in a series of events organised by the PAPER project which aims to addresses questions of decoloniality (anti-racism, anti-colonialism, class, (dis)ability, and gender/sexual discrimination) in ethnographic fieldwork.

The seminar sought to answer the following questions: what do we choose to include in our written work, and what do we exclude? What responsibilities do we have to our research participants while writing or when sharing our work outside of the academy (e.g. to policy-makers)? How can we remain accountable to our participants throughout the writing process? Where is it important to maintain secrecy; where might it do harm? How can we acknowledge our political positionality both during data collection and dissemination and spaces of co-authorship.

The event was held on the 16th March from 17.00-19.30 (GMT) and you can register here.

The event was free, and open for all students, scholars, and staff to attend but organisers asked all those able to make a contribution to donate to the Free Black University, a project that exists to re-distribute knowledge and act as a space of incubation for the creation of transformative knowledge in the Black community. A minimum of £10 contribution is suggested.


Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. (2020) Introduction: Recentering the South in Studies of Migration (Abridged)

Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. (2020) ‘Recentering the South in Studies of Migration,’ Introduction to the Special Issue, Migration and Society, 3(1): 1-18.

Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. (2020) Shifting the Gaze: Palestinian and Syrian refugees sharing and contesting space in Lebanon, in Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. (ed) Refuge in a Moving World: Refugee and migrant journeys across disciplines, London: UCL Press.

Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. (2017) ‘Representations of Displacement: Introducing the Series,’ Refugee Hosts, 1 Sep. 2017.

Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. (2017) ‘Invisible (at) Night: Space, Time and Photography in a Refugee Camp,’ Refugee Hosts, 1 Sep. 2017.

Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. (2016) ‘Repressentations of Displacement in the Middle East,’ Public Culture, 28(3): 457-473, doi:10.1215/08992363-3511586.

Featured image: Rooftops and light, Baddawi Camp, N. Lebanon. (c) E. Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, 2016

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