It is often assumed that refugees are vulnerable and passive people who are dependent upon the assistance provided by states, NGOs and citizens. In contrast, my on-going research is examining how established Palestinian refugees and their refugee camp homes are adapting and responding to the arrival of thousands of refugees from Syria. Amongst other things, this demonstrates the agency of refugees as both recipients and providers of support in complex displacement contexts.
Refugee Imaginaries: Research Across the Humanities ‘explores how refugees imagine the world and how the world imagines them.’ Through a collection of over 30 chapters, co-edited by Refugee Hosts Co-Investigator Prof. Lyndsey Stonebridge, and written by experts from a range of disciplines, the book places ‘refugee imaginaries at the centre of interdisciplinary exchange’ and ‘demonstrates … Continue reading New Book: Refugee Imaginaries: Research Across Humanities
This Film Screening and Panel Discussion was hosted by the Refugee Hosts International Conference on the 24th October 2019, from 17.00 – 18.30 Chair: Saiful Huq Omi (Principal, CounterFoto Centre for Visual Arts) Dr Daniele Rugo (Director, About a War) Abi Weaver (Director, About a War) Dr Stefano Fogliata (Screen Writer, Footbalization) At the end of Day … Continue reading Film Screening and Panel Discussion: Displacement in/through Film
In this post Refugee Hosts Researcher, Leonie Harsch, reflects on her soundscape of Muslim and Christian spaces in Hamra, Beirut. Harsch includes insights from interviews with members of both religious and secular communities who use these spaces for both humanitarian and religious purposes, and describes how these spaces are conceptualised by local communities. The soundscape … Continue reading Soundscape: Faith Communities in Hamra
This panel was hosted at the Refugee Hosts International Conference on the 24th October 2019, from 11:15 – 12:45 Chair: Sarah Clarke (Article 19) Prof. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh (Refugee Hosts – UCL) Dima Al-Hamadmad (Refugee Hosts) Dr Tom Western (University of Oslo) Unfortunately, the audio on the recording of Sarah Clarke’s introduction to this panel was … Continue reading Panel 1: Disrupting Humanitarian Narratives
Refugee Hosts’ PI, Prof. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh and writer-in-residence, Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, will participate in the inaugural South-South Forum, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, which will be held over 3 days from the 13th – 15th of August 2019. This international and interdisciplinary workshop contributes to the aim of the South-South Forum to bring artists, scholars and activists into … Continue reading Refugee Hosts at inaugural South-South Forum, Dartmouth College, US
In this photo essay depicting areas of shared support in Hamra, Refugee Hosts’ researcher, Leonie Harsch, reflects on informal acts of charity or giving. These ‘random acts of kindness’, which enable a fluid transition between categories of refugee and host, migrant and local also explored by the Refugee Hosts project here and here, operate without … Continue reading ‘Random Acts of Kindness’: Reflections on Everyday Responses to Displacement in Hamra
There it is: the camp that is yet to be born by Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, Oxford University and Refugee Hosts There it is: the camp that is yet to be born. The camp’s existence will always be on a par with time in the superfluity of tenses. I do not know how the archive can … Continue reading There it is: the camp that is yet to be born
In this post, Caroline Lenette draws on her experience of co-producing research with refugee women with diverse backgrounds and lives. Lenette argues that resilience is not an extraordinary phenomenon embodied only by those refugees in the public eye, but something that is played out in the everyday, often mundane, and sometimes violent, lives that refugee … Continue reading The value of everyday resilience
Listen to Refugee Hosts’ writer-in-residence, Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, in conversation with Adriana X. Jacobs (University of Oxford) who is the producer and host of the Staying Alive: Poetry and Crisis podcast series, as he discusses writing the camp, poetry’s ways of seeing, and the signs that death leaves in the camp to remember, revisit, and translate.