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

‘How Did it Feel to Ask those Questions?’ – An Email Exchange about Experiencing Research on Displacement.

In this post Hanna Schneider and her colleague Israa Sadder share an email exchange in which they discuss conducting research with Syrian refugees living in Jordan. The exchange describes the relationships developed both between researchers and intermediaries, and between researchers, intermediaries and their interlocutors. These research relationships raise multiple questions regarding how working as an … Continue reading ‘How Did it Feel to Ask those Questions?’ – An Email Exchange about Experiencing Research on Displacement.

‘And then they issued an ultimatum’: Ethical and practical considerations for conducting fieldwork in volatile and research-crowded settings

‘The last thing they needed – I assumed – was one more researcher who wanted to ask them questions for an hour of their precious time.’ Following the ultimatum issued by Turkish authorities to unregistered Syrian refugees in Istanbul to leave the city within one month, Hanna Schneider reflects on the ethical and practical considerations … Continue reading ‘And then they issued an ultimatum’: Ethical and practical considerations for conducting fieldwork in volatile and research-crowded settings

Objective Enough to Tell the Truth

Objective Enough to Tell the Truth This presentation was given by Dima Hamadmad at the Refugee Hosts International Conference, Without Exception: The Politics and Poetics of Local Responses to Displacement, Dima’s presentation examines the importance of language within academic research and the ethics of using dominant narratives, often perceived as objective, but that can decontextualize and ignore … Continue reading Objective Enough to Tell the Truth

New Book: Refugee Imaginaries: Research Across Humanities

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

Rights in context: exploring (faith-based) humanitarianism through the lens of refugee hosting

This presentation was given by Anna Rowlands at the Refugee Hosts International Conference and reflects on her contributions to the Refugee Hosts project. In listening and critically engaging with the ways that humanitarian actors, especially faith based actors, have conceptualised their roles vis-à-vis practices and conceptualisations of membership in response to rightlessness, Rowlands draws on the works of Arendt … Continue reading Rights in context: exploring (faith-based) humanitarianism through the lens of refugee hosting