Soundscape: Faith Communities in Hamra

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

‘Random Acts of Kindness’: Reflections on Everyday Responses to Displacement in Hamra

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

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

Historical Photos of Hamra, Beirut

Refugee Hosts local researcher, Leonie Harsch, has encountered an archive of photos during her extensive mapping of the Hamra neighbourhood in Beirut. In this piece, Leonie reflects on some of these photos, which form the archive of Mukhtar Michel Bekhazi, as a way of approaching questions of hospitality, refugee-host encounters and ‘the local’. In particular, … Continue reading Historical Photos of Hamra, Beirut

“Who pays you?” Guilt and reservations in producing policy relevant research on refugees

‘Have I been “staring too hard” at my participants’ displacement, neglecting other aspects of their lives?’ In this blog post Wen-Yu Wu reflects on some of the ethical dilemmas and feelings of guilt experienced during her research with displaced Syrian students in Lebanon and Jordan. As a recipient of a ‘Global Challenges’ Scholarship from the … Continue reading “Who pays you?” Guilt and reservations in producing policy relevant research on refugees

Workshop: Locating Faith in Humanitarian Practice and Local Community Response

25th October, 14.15 -15:45 Chairs and Facilitators: Prof Alastair Ager (Refugee Hosts – Queen Margaret University) and Dr Anna Rowlands (Refugee Hosts – Durham University) Dr Olivia Wilkinson (Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities) Atallah Fitzgibbon (Islamic Relief Worldwide) Fernando Espada (Save the Children UK -Humanitarian Affairs Team) This workshop session will draw upon … Continue reading Workshop: Locating Faith in Humanitarian Practice and Local Community Response

Panel 3: Rethinking Community, Rights and Displacement: Theory and Practice

  25th October, 16.00 – 17.30 Chair: Prof Lyndsey Stonebridge (Refugee Hosts – University of Birmingham) Presenters: Dr Tamirace Fakhoury (Lebanese American University) Dr Anna Rowlands (Refugee Hosts – Durham University) Dr Zeynep Kivilcim (Humbodt Universitat zu Berlin) Rights – as they are mobilised by states, international actors and human rights bodies – frequently become … Continue reading Panel 3: Rethinking Community, Rights and Displacement: Theory and Practice