Paese (Country)

How can poetry, creative writing and translation unearth and represent experiences of displacement?  In this poem - the first of two pieces by Giulia Balestra of REFUNITE which will feature on Refugee Hosts' Representations of Displacement series - Giulia offers a reflection on belonging and positionality, with an English translation sitting alongside the original Italian. Through reflecting … Continue reading Paese (Country)

‘Refugees. Present/Absent.’ Escaping the traps of refugee (mis)representations

In this piece, Dominika Blachnicka-Ciacek explores the problematics of photographic representations of singular suffering refugees and their impact on political discourse in Poland. In a challenge to this, Dominika reflects on her own approach to representations, reflected in her "Refugees. Present/Absent" exhibition, which sought to focus on the materiality of everyday experiences and the refugee journey as a … Continue reading ‘Refugees. Present/Absent.’ Escaping the traps of refugee (mis)representations

ΤΣΣΣΣ ΤΣΣΣ ΤΣΣ ΣΣΣ – Summer in Athens: A Sound Essay

This soundscape of Athens, Greece, offers an evocative and immersive insight into sounds of everyday life in the city. Athens has become home to many refugees from Syria and elsewhere, who have brought with them new sounds documented in this piece. Engaging with spaces of refuge through sound is a method that can help us … Continue reading ΤΣΣΣΣ ΤΣΣΣ ΤΣΣ ΣΣΣ – Summer in Athens: A Sound Essay

Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh gives Keynote Address at ODI Disasters Research Conference

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9NOcrcn68U On 14 September, Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, Refugee Hosts PI, was invited to deliver the keynote address at the recent ODI Disasters Conference, which celebrated the 40th Anniversary of the renowned Disasters journal. Her keynote (which you can listen to/see by clicking above) addressed key approaches and lenses that have enhanced our understanding in contemporary … Continue reading Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh gives Keynote Address at ODI Disasters Research Conference

Sounds from Hamra, Lebanon

Below you can listen to two soundscapes recorded during Prof. Alastair Ager's recent fieldtrip to Hamra, a vibrant neighbourhood in Beirut which is home to a dynamic commercial and social scene in addition to many refugees from Syria. Such soundscapes offer an invaluable entry point to engage in a multi-sensory analysis of the social, economic and political … Continue reading Sounds from Hamra, Lebanon

The Multiple Faces of Representation

The Multiple Faces of Representation By Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, University of Oxford and Odile Ammann, University of Fribourg  The face of the Other – under all the particular forms of expression where the Other, already in a character’s skin, plays a role – is just as much pure expression, an extradition without defense or cover, … Continue reading The Multiple Faces of Representation

Leviathan’s Maw

This piece, by George Mantzios (whose artistic and creative work is completed under the pseudonym Yanni Ye) offers a visual representation of the Mediterranean 'Migration Crisis'. Yorgos' work also reflects on the role of art as a form of hosting, capable of articulating meaningful encounters that are built on 'vernacularised' art practices. The Refugee Hosts … Continue reading Leviathan’s Maw

Yousif M. Qasmiyeh’s Poetry to be Exhibited at Jenny Holzer’s ‘On War’ Light Projection Show, Blenheim Palace

SOFTER: Jenny Holzer at Blenheim Palace (28 September – 31 December 2017) The poetry of Refugee Hosts' Writer in Residence Yousif M. Qasmiyeh will feature in a forthcoming exhibition by American artist Jenny Holzer. Yousif's work, which you can read more of here, will be projected across the facade of Blenheim Palace as part of a … Continue reading Yousif M. Qasmiyeh’s Poetry to be Exhibited at Jenny Holzer’s ‘On War’ Light Projection Show, Blenheim Palace

Thinking Through the Concept of ‘Welcoming’

In this piece, Katharine T. Weatherhead reflects on the discursive implications of the term 'welcoming' when used in refugee-related research. In particular, she asks: does the term enable nuanced engagement with displacement as a series of overlapping, relational encounters, in turn disrupting traditional representations that depict refugees as a vulnerable 'burdens', and hosts as active … Continue reading Thinking Through the Concept of ‘Welcoming’

Refugees are Dialectical Beings: Part Two

Refugees are Dialectical Beings: Part Two  by Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, University of Oxford and Refugee Hosts Writer in Residence To the ones who are en route, the ones whose stomachs are compasses and whose compasses are manifestos of nothing… Refugees are dialectical beings I The aridity of a camp presupposes the aridity of life. The … Continue reading Refugees are Dialectical Beings: Part Two