Submissions

If you are interested in writing a blog for Refugee Hosts please send a message outlining your idea to Aydan Greatrick on aydan.greatrick.15@ucl.ac.uk

We encourage submissions from anyone interested in contributing to our community of conversation. Where possible, submissions should be directly related to issues surrounding displacement, although in some instances less-related topics may still be considered.

Themes that are of particular interest to this blog include:

  • Refugee/Host encounters: the dynamics of hospitality in local and international contexts, and how these are determining responses to and engagements with displaced peoples
  • Everyday lives: explorations of the everyday that counteract narratives of migrant exceptionalism and refugee victimhood
  • Refugees as hosts: the role played by established refugee populations in responding to the needs of those displaced from Syria
  • Humanitarianism: discussions relating to the politics of humanitarianism, the effectiveness of international humanitarian responses to refugees in both the past and the present, and ‘alternative humanitarianism(s)’ typically overlooked by mainstream approaches
  • Theology, faith and displacement: discussions, research and insights into the implicit and/or explicit role(s) faith plays in responding to/framing experiences of displacement.
  • Narrative, literature and history: voices, stories and experiences of displaced and hosting communities in both the past and present, and how the past informs these stories
  • Policy processes: opportunities for improvement in policy processes, and evidence of good and bad practice vis-a-vis responses to and engagements with displaced persons
  • Intersections of gender, faith and secularism: building a deeper understanding of how these interact in relation to local community responses to and engagements with refugees

Submissions are encouraged in a variety of formats, languages and styles. We are particularly interested in creative submissions, including poetry, creative writings, photographs and podcasts.

We expect written submissions to not exceed 900-1,000 words in length. We encourage authors to adopt an engaging and accessible style in their writing given this project’s interest in reaching out to a wider audience.