Overlapping displacements

The project has documented and analysed the significant role that ‘overlapping displacements’ (see Fiddian-Qasmiyeh 2016 and Fiddian-Qasmiyeh and Qasmiyeh, 2017) play in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey. Local communities responding to displacement in all three countries are also responding to long-standing and historic processes of displacement and exile, arising both from internal displacement, but also from the international displacement of Palestinians, Kurds, Iraqis…

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 ultimately aimed to document, trace and…

Sounding Stories, Telling Sounds: Listening with Displacement and Emplacement

This presentation was given by Tom Western at  the Refugee Hosts International Conference as part of Panel 1:  Disrupting Humanitarian Narratives. The presentation puts sound and listening at the centre of forced migration, asking how they inform experiences of displacement and practices of emplacement. Sound is an access point to the agency of people who have crossed borders:…

Film Screening and Panel Discussion: Displacement in/through Film

This Film Screening and Panel Discussion was hosted by the Refugee Hosts International Conference on the 24th October 2019, from 17.00 – 18.30  Chair: Saiful Huq Omi (Principal, CounterFoto Centre for Visual Arts) Dr Daniele Rugo (Director, About a War) Abi Weaver (Director, About a War) Dr Stefano Fogliata (Screen Writer, Footbalization) At the end of Day…

Roundtable Conversation: Writing Displacements into Literature

This Roundtable Conversation was hosted at the Refugee Hosts International Conference on the 24th October 2019, from 13:45 – 14:45 Chair: Prof. Philippe Sands QC (UCL and English-PEN) Prof Lyndsey Stonebridge (Refugee Hosts – University of Birmingham) Yousif M. Qasmiyeh (Refugee Hosts Writer in Residence – University of Oxford) You can watch the live stream video…

Developmentalising Humanitarian Space: Questioning the value of development approaches to protracted displacement

Can ‘development approaches’ in response to forced displacement work without a focus on refugee rights? In this post, Katharina Schmidt examines programmes, such as the Cash for Work (CfW) programme and humanitarian Water, Shelter and Hygiene (WASH) programmes, developed in Jordan following the Compact agreement of 2016. These programmes are designed to facilitate refugees’ independence…

Sustaining protracted displacements: A brief history of labor policy for Jordan’s refugees

This piece problematizes dominant conceptualisations of refugees in Jordan both as passive victims dependent on aid and as migrants who are ‘interchangeable’ within the Jordanian labour market. Specifically, Aaron Steinberg examines and problematizes the impact of the Jordan Compact, an international agreement ostensibly providing paths to employment for Syrian refugees in Jordan. However, as Steinberg…

Shadows and Echoes in/of Displacement

Shadows and Echoes in/of Displacement: Temporalities, spatialities and materialities of displacement by Prof. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, Refugee Hosts In line with our project’s Spaces and Places not Faces approach to representation, a key question arising in Refugee Hosts is how we can represent, and conceptualise, the ‘field-sites’ where we are conducting research. Through diverse media –…

The patterned legacies of displacement in Uganda: Reflections from the African Mobilities Exhibition

How can a focus on material culture help us better understand the ways that displaced people navigate the challenges of urban life? In this piece, William Montieth explores the (in)visibilities of refugees through the joint lenses of urban economies, and material culture. Through the wax fabric (kitenge) industry in Kampala (Uganda), Congolese refugees are rendered not…

Assessing Urban-Humanitarian Encounters in Northern Lebanon

In this post, Estella Carpi examines the interface between ‘the urban’ and the humanitarian system in the small urban centre of Halba, in order to shed light on the antagonistic and, at times, collaborative relationships between local authorities, local and refugee labourers, and international humanitarian agencies. If you find this piece of interest, please also…