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.
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
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.
Throughout our research in Lebanon and Jordan, the Refugee Hosts project has been tracing how, why and with what effect the residents of diverse neighbourhoods have been responding to the arrival and presence of refugees from Syria. In her latest contribution to our Reflections from the Field Series, Refugee Hosts PI Prof. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh draws … Continue reading The Poetics of Undisclosed Care
Who is it that we choose to see and who is‘unseen’? How can we think and respond differently to the world around us? In this piece Dom Davies adds to his series of blogs on Refugee Hosts exploring our emotional, political, cultural and social responses to the architecture and geography of border regimes, and to those … Continue reading Speculative Borders: China Miéville’s The City & the City
This one day event will explore the relationship between migration and the city in the context of their intense mediation. Refugee Hosts PI, Prof. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, will present the paper: ‘Creating spaces of refuge: perspectives on refugee hosting in Lebanon.’ This presentation will draw on Refugee Hosts research vis-a-vis refugee hosting in and around the urban Baddawi refugee-camp … Continue reading Migration and the Digital City – Prof. Fiddian-Qasmiyeh at LSE Symposium