Listening to Hamra: Ethical Considerations

In this post, Refugee Hosts Researcher, Leonie Harsch discusses a soundscape recorded in Hamra, Beirut and reflects on the ethical considerations associated with producing and disseminating recordings of displacement and its responses.  You can listen to the soundscape that accompanies this post below.  If you found this piece of interest, you can visit further soundscapes…

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…

‘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…

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…

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,…

Sounds from Hamra, Lebanon

Below you can listen to two soundscapes recorded during Prof. Alastair Ager’s recent fieldtrip to Hamra, a vibrant neighbourhood in Beirut which is home to a dynamic commercial and social scene in addition to many refugees from Syria. Such soundscapes offer an invaluable entry point to engage in a multi-sensory analysis of the social, economic and political…

Participatory Action Research as a decolonial method

‘I was not interested in writing a step-by-step instruction manual to reinforce the myth that research methods are linear, simple, and neutral tools,’ argues Prof. Caroline Lenette in this blog describing some of the motivations, thought processes, and challenges she encountered in writing her book Participatory Action Research: Ethics and Decolonization. Writing from her “perspective…

الباحثون المحليون

 يعمل فريق مضيفي اللاجئين عن كثب مع شبكة باحثين مقرها الشرق الأوسط طوال مراحل المشروع كافة، وهم يعملون حالياً على إجراء بحث ميداني في الأحياء والمجتمعات المحلية المتنوعة التي تستجيب للنزوح من سوريا لبنان هناء دهدال هناء دهدال باحثة سورية تخرجت في جامعة دمشق سنة 2012 حاملة شهادة البكالوريوس في التربية وعلم النفس، وعملت مع…

Representations of displacement

One of our project’s aims has been to disrupt mainstream humanitarian narratives which have traditionally represented, and therefore constituted, refugees as individual suffering victims, passive recipients of aid and/or as unique ‘ideal’ refugees who are truly worthy of international sympathy, assistance, and protection. By disrupting these and other established narratives and representational strategies, we have ultimately aimed to document, trace…

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…