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
- Interdisciplinary refugee-research: critical reflections on how, who, when, where and why research processes take place vis-a-vis displacement and hosting, and the relationship between research, the personal and the political
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.