Archives of Resistance: Cosmopolitanism, Memory and World Literature

Refugee Hosts Co-I Professor Lyndsey Stonebridge and Writer in Residence Yousif M. Qasmiyeh will present insights from the Refugee Hosts project at the forthcoming conference “Archives of Resistance: Cosmopolitanism, Memory and World Literature” at University of Leeds, 20-22 June 2018. On 20 June, from 17-00-18:00, Lyndsey will deliver the keynote lecture, entitled “Hannah Arendt in…

The Bomb Shelter

The Bomb Shelter by Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, University of Oxford, Refugee Hosts, and Imagining Futures The bomb shelter: The camp’s alibi for a presence susceptible to its presence The private parts of the dead, circumcised with hindsight Guts as road signs                                          Or a map Ruins summoning ruins             Ruins fornicating ruins In rows, they ululated. The bomb shelter?…

With a third eye, I see the catastrophe

With a third eye, I see the catastrophe By Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, University of Oxford and Refugee Hosts  [I write the secret]. On the doorstep, finding her way to the seeds that escaped her lap: Like the one who read the book, Son, read my swollen legs, another’s land. The camp happens in the distance.…

Sharing stories and the quiet politics of welcome

In this post, Olivia Sheringham describes the Global Story Café project in the London borough of Waltham Forest. These storytelling workshops and story sharing cafés brought together migrants, asylum seekers and refugees to share stories about universal themes with the aim of reducing ‘prejudice, fear and racism and to promote equality and tolerance (through the…

Listen: Refugee Hosts’ Co-I, Prof. Lyndsey Stonebridge, on Thinking Allowed – BBC Radio 4

Refugee Hosts Co-I, Prof. Lyndsey Stonebridge, took part in BBC Radio 4’s Thinking Allowed series, discussing migrants and refugees with Laurie Taylor. Prof. Stonebridge discusses her new book, ‘Placeless People’, Writing, Rights and Refugees’  which examines how writers and political thinkers understood and wrote about refugees.  The book traces their work from the mid 20th…

Necessarily, the Camp is the Border

Necessarily, the Camp is the Border Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, University of Oxford and Refugee Hosts Writer in Residence There, the noise is also the religious… On a day as chilly as the pulses of those who took away our things and left the door ajar, you gave birth to me in darkness: you, the midwife,…

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,…

Faith and Displacement

Faith and Displacement: Introduction  Northern humanitarian responses have often emphasised a ‘secular-religious divide’, treating religion as a barrier to ‘inclusive’ and ‘neutral’ engagement. This, Refugee Hosts Co-I Anna Rowlands argues, needs to be troubled and re-framed. Refugee-Refugee Solidarity in Death and Dying In Baddawi refugee camp, the cemetery is both a “gathering, and a gatherer” of the diverse…

Representations of Displacement

Representations of Displacement: Introduction  Critically exploring the ways in which displacement is represented is crucial. In this piece Refugee Hosts PI Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh explains why, and outlines our project’s provocation of a ‘Spaces and Places, Not Faces’ approach when researching, recording, photographing and documenting displacement affected communities. The Virtual Reality of the Refugee Experience  How can audiences engage…

Translation, Poetry and Displacement

Panoramas of Death and Desolation In this piece, Refugee Hosts Writer in Residence Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, in collaboration with theOxford Student PEN group, translates the poetry of Syrian poet Rasha Omran from Arabic into English as part of a process of ‘poetic solidarity’ Writing the Camp Read and listen to a recording of Yousif M. Qasmiyeh’s poem, in which…