In this seminar, part of the Yale PRFDHR Spring 2021 Virtual Seminar Series, Prof. Fiddian-Qasmiyeh traced the different ways that residents of Baddawi refugee camp in North Lebanon have been affected by COVID-19 since March 2020, and how they have been responding to protect themselves and other conflict-affected people in the midst of the pandemic.
These responses include processes that resonate with a long history of refugee-led mutual aid initiatives which Prof. Fiddian-Qamsiyeh has explored further here and here. In this context, focusing on the responses developed both by and for Palestinian and non-Palestinian residents highlights the importance of relationality.
By delineating the rapidly developing situation in Baddawi camp since March 2020, Prof. Fiddian-Qasmiyeh argued that it is critical that we consider the significance of relationality when discussing refugee-led responses and how such initiatives relate simultaneously to 1) the politics of the self and the other, 2) to politically-produced precarity, and 3) multiscalar systems that undermine the potential for solidarity in times of overlapping precarities.
The seminar took place on: Tuesday, 16th of March 2021 at 4.30 – 5.45PM EST (Eastern Standard Time)
Registration was required and is now closed: https://tinyurl.com/Refugee-ledResponses
For more information please visit: https://refugee.macmillan.yale.edu/
To read more articles by Prof. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh on refugee-led humanitarianism, see the recommended readings below:
Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. (2018) Histories and spaces of Southern-led responses to displacement
Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. (2018) Refugee-Refugee Humanitarianism
Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. (2018) Localisation of Aid and Southern-led Responses to Displacement: Beyond instrumentalising local actors.
Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. (2016) Refugees Hosting Refugees
Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. (2016) Refugee-Refugee Relationality: Hospitality And ‘Being With’ Refugees
Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. (2016) ‘Refugee-Refugee Relations in Contexts of Overlapping Displacement,’ International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Spotlight On “The Urban Refugee ‘Crisis’”
Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. (2016) ‘Refugees hosting refugees,’ Forced Migration Review, September 2016
Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. (2015) ‘Refugees helping refugees: how a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon is welcoming Syrians,’ The Conversation, 4 November 2015.
Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh and Yousif M. Qasmiyeh (2020) ‘Refugees’ Pandemic Responses in a Palestinian Camp in Lebanon,’ Current History, 119 (821): 349–355.
Fiddian-Qasmiyeh and Qasmiyeh, Y.M. (2018) Refugee Neighbours & Hospitality
Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. and Qasmiyeh, Y.M. (2017) ‘Refugee-Refugee Solidarity in Death and Dying,’ 2017 Venice Bienalle Tunisian Pavillion: The Absence of Paths, May 2017.
Featured image: Baddawi Camp, N. Lebanon. (c) E. Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, 2017