Theatre and/as solidarity: Putting yourself in the shoes of a refugee through performance

In this post Marta Niccolai provides a narrated presentation of her contribution to the recently published Refuge in a Moving World Open Access volume edited by Refugee Hosts PI, Prof. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh. Her chapter, ‘Theatre and/as solidarity: Putting yourself in the shoes of a refugee through performance,” focuses on Teatro di Nascosto or Hidden Theatre,…

Anti-Syrian banners and graffiti in context: Racism, counter-racism and solidarity for refugees in Lebanon

By Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, Refugee Hosts PI and UCL In the run up to the Lebanese elections on 6 May 2018, national and international media and human rights organisations have denounced the appearance of anti-Syrian banners across Beirut. Reading “The day will come when we tell the Syrians: gather your things and everything you stole, and…

Refugee-Refugee Solidarity in Death and Dying

Exhibited as part of the 2017 Venice Biennale, Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh (Refugee Hosts’ PI) and Yousif M. Qasmiyeh (Refugee Hosts’ Writer in Residence) were commissioned to co-author this photo-essay for the Tunisian Pavillion’s exhibition space, The Absence of Paths. You can see the original publication on The Absence of Paths here, and read Yousif’s poem, ‘In arrival, feet flutter…

Volunteers and Solidarity in Europe’s Refugee Response

Kavita Ramakrishnan and Ludek Stavinoha offer a critical insight into the politics of refugee-volunteer solidarity. These arguments are of interest to the Refugee Hosts project for they illuminate the diverse and complex ways in which often spontaneous, voluntary and local-level initiatives (whether they are in Europe or the Middle East) have been instrumental in challenging the perceived…

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…

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Since 2011, over 5 million refugees from Syria have sought safety across Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey from the on-going conflict, with local communities, civil society groups, established refugee communities, and faith-based organisations providing essential assistance, solidarity and support to refugees. However, little is known regarding the motivations, nature and impacts of such ‘local responses’ to…

Prof. Fiddian-Qasmiyeh to present at Yale on ‘Refugee-led Responses to Overlapping Precarity: Views from North Lebanon’

In this seminar, part of the Yale PRFDHR Spring 2021 Virtual Seminar Series, Prof. Fiddian-Qasmiyeh traced the different ways that residents of Baddawi refugee camp in North Lebanon have been affected by COVID-19 since March 2020, and how they have been responding to protect themselves and other conflict-affected people in the midst of the pandemic.…

Supporting LGBTQ+ asylum seekers in Germany: a story of hope and contradiction

Queer refugees and queer refugee-led organisations are key actors supporting other queer refugees and asylum seekers in Germany, offering hospitality and solidarity and challenging homophobia, transphobia and anti-refugee attitudes. This LGBT+ History Month, Refugee Hosts Project Coordinator and ESRC-funded PhD candidate Aydan Greatrick, explores the challenges that queer refugees and support organisations have faced in Germany…