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

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

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 … Continue reading Refugee-Refugee Solidarity in Death and Dying

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 … Continue reading Volunteers and Solidarity in Europe’s Refugee Response

Refugee Hosts at the Imperial War Museum – discomfort, resistance, hope.

The Imperial War Museum’s (IWM) exhibition, Refugees-Forced to Flee, provides us with an opportunity to reimagine dominant concepts and aspects of war, including displacement, refugee camps, refugees and humanitarian response. In this post, Sorcha Daly, Refugee Hosts’ Communications Coordinator, reflects on Refugee Hosts’ contribution, along with a number of other videos from the exhibition, available … Continue reading Refugee Hosts at the Imperial War Museum – discomfort, resistance, hope.

‘Behind each work there is a story of pain’: Nedhal’s art makes her happy

Nedhal uses art not just as a method of recovery from trauma and pain, but as a means of showing solidarity and welcome to new arrivals, a way of connecting with people who have experience of displacement and loss, and to bridge the gap between people from different cultures, countries and generations. These are all … Continue reading ‘Behind each work there is a story of pain’: Nedhal’s art makes her happy

Contemplating the impact of restrictions on the religious life of ethnic minority and migrant communities during the Covid-19 pandemic

The global lockdown has had a significant impact on the ability of religious communities to gather and offer support in times of stress and illness. In this post Dr Romina Istratii draws on her research conducted with Ethiopian and Eritrean Orthodox Täwahәdo adherents in Northern Ethiopia and London to describe the role of religious communities and … Continue reading Contemplating the impact of restrictions on the religious life of ethnic minority and migrant communities during the Covid-19 pandemic

‘The displacement virus is much stronger than the coronavirus’: Reflections from Burj el-Barajneh and Baqa’a Camps in Lebanon and Jordan

What roles do communal solidarity and sociality play in spaces such as the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon and Jordan during the COVID-19 pandemic? This question is examined by Samar Maqusi, who draws on conversations with camp residents Abu Mohammad and Abu Ahmad, to reflect on the ‘socially conscious’ creativity developing and responding to the pandemic. … Continue reading ‘The displacement virus is much stronger than the coronavirus’: Reflections from Burj el-Barajneh and Baqa’a Camps in Lebanon and Jordan

Religion and Social Justice for Refugees: Executive Summary

The Refugee Hosts project recently launched a new co-authored report titled “Religion and Social Justice for Refugees: Insights from Cameroon, Greece, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia and Mexico”. This report identifies and examines the roles that faith plays in supporting social justice for refugees, situating the Refugee Hosts research in Lebanon and Jordan into conversation with research … Continue reading Religion and Social Justice for Refugees: Executive Summary