‘Without Exception’: Reflections on the Refugee Hosts Conference

On the 25th and 26th of October 2019, Refugee Hosts’ International Conference, ‘Without Exception: The Politics and Poetics of Local Responses to Displacement’ sold out to an international audience who joined us both in person and via live stream. Here we mark the conversations that took place and invite further conversations relating to ‘without exception’, a…

Gallery

Photography has played a key role throughout the Refugee Hosts project, not only ‘documenting’ (or ‘archiving’) the dynamics taking place across the camps, cities and towns in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey where we have been conducting research, but also as a means of reflecting on the process of research itself. Many of these images have…

‘Without Exception’ – One Year On: Refugee Hosts’ International Conference

On the 25th and 26th of October 2019, Refugee Hosts’ International Conference, ‘Without Exception: The Politics and Poetics of Local Responses to Displacement’ sold out to an international audience who joined us both in person and via live stream. Here we mark the conversations that took place and invite further conversations relating to ‘without exception’, a…

New Report Launched: “Religion and Social Justice for Refugees”

The Refugee Hosts project is delighted to launch a new report titled “Religion and Social Justice for Refugees: Insights from Cameroon, Greece, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia and Mexico”. This report identifies and examines the roles that faith plays in supporting social justice for refugees. READ THE REPORT HERE This major report, made possible through the generous…

The Borderlines of Empathy

This presentation was given by Bayan Itani at the Refugee Hosts International Conference. The presentation addressed empathy as a common motivation for supporting Syrian refugees. In so doing, it questions the ‘borderlines’ of empathy, and the reasons behind its decline, within the context of people from Syria seeking refuge in Lebanon. The borderlines of empathy by…

Panel 2: Hosting, Hospitality and the Common Good

This panel was hosted at the Refugee Hosts International Conference on the 24th October 2019, from 15:00-16:30 Chair: Prof Alison Phipps (University of Glasgow) Bayan Itani (Refugee Hosts) Dr Estella Carpi (Southern Responses to Displacement, UCL) Dr Ann Christin Wagner (University of Edinburgh) Dr Karen Lauterbach (University of Copenhagen) You can watch the live stream…

Programme of Events

Join the Conversation on Twitter: #RHIC19  #PoliticsAndPoetics  @refugeehosts Day 1.  24th October 2019 9.30 – 10.00      Registration and refreshments 10.00 – 10.15     Welcome and Introduction Prof. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh (Refugee Hosts – UCL) 10.15 – 11.00     Distinguished Keynote Prof. Homi Bhabha (Harvard University) 11.00 – 11.15      Coffee Break 11.15 – 12.45 …

The importance of identity – reflections from fieldwork in Hamra, Beirut

‘There can be no question that the background of the researcher affects what and whom s/he can access for research purposes’  argues local Refugee Hosts researcher, Bayan Itani as she reflects on her experiences of completing fieldwork in the local neighbourhood of Hamra, in the capital city of Lebanon, Beirut. Itani reflects on how her own…

Local Researchers

The Refugee Hosts team worked closely with a network of researchers based in the Middle East throughout all stages of the project. Local researchers worked on field research in diverse neighbourhoods and communities responding to displacement from Syria. Lebanon Hanaa Dahdal Hanaa Dahdal is a Syrian researcher who graduated with a degree in Education and…

Project Contributors

Click on the names of our contributors below to see their articles, pieces and writings. If you are interested in writing a blog, please contact Aydan Greatrick on aydan.greatrick.15@ucl.ac.uk or sorcha.daly@ucl.ac.uk.   Guidelines for submissions can be found here. Aikaterini Antonopoulou: Aikaterini Antonopoulou is the Simpson Postdoctoral Fellow in Architecture at The University of Edinburgh, where…