Prof. Fiddian-Qasmiyeh & Yousif M. Qasmiyeh speak at Refugee Week ‘ReConnect’ Event

On Friday the 18th of June 2021, from 2pm - 5pm (GMT), Refugee Hosts' PI, Prof. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh and writer-in-residence, Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, will speak at the ReConnect event 'Supporting Refugees into Higher Education'. Yousif M Qasmiyeh will read from his acclaimed collection of poetry 'Writing the Camp' and Prof. Fiddian-Qasmiyeh will critically discuss the…

Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, ‘in conversation’ at the ‘Alternative Epistemologies’ virtual festival

We are delighted that Refugee Hosts' writer-in-residence, Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, took part in the UCL Institute of Advance Studies virtual festival, Alternative Epistemologies. The event combined readings by Yousif M. Qasmiyeh from his award winning book, 'Writing the Camp' and reflections on Baddawi Camp, one of Refugee Hosts field sites, through conversation with Refugee Hosts'…

Listen: Refugee Hosts’ PI and Co-I respond to Government’s proposed ‘overhaul’ of UK’s asylum system

Refugee Hosts' PI, Prof. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh and Co-I, Dr. Anna Rowlands have appeared on BBC 5 Live and LBC respectively, responding to the Governments' proposed overhaul of the UK's asylum system. In her interview on BBC 5 Live's Drive programme, Prof. Fiddian-Qasmiyeh discussed the UK's long history of preventing refugees from seeking asylum and of…

Prof. Fiddian-Qasmiyeh presents on ‘The Ethics and Politics of Representation’

Prof. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh has been invited to reflect on her research with regards to ‘The Ethics and Politics of Representation’ at the Power and the Politics in/of Ethnographic Research Seminar Series, hosted by University College London. This seminar is the fourth in a series of events organised by the PAPER project which aims to addresses…

Prof. Fiddian-Qasmiyeh to present at Yale on ‘Refugee-led Responses to Overlapping Precarity: Views from North Lebanon’

In this seminar, part of the Yale PRFDHR Spring 2021 Virtual Seminar Series, Prof. Fiddian-Qasmiyeh traces the different ways that residents of Baddawi refugee camp in North Lebanon have been affected by COVID-19 since March 2020, and how they have been responding to protect themselves and other conflict-affected people in the midst of the pandemic.…

Supporting LGBTQ+ asylum seekers in Germany: a story of hope and contradiction

Queer refugees and queer refugee-led organisations are key actors supporting other queer refugees and asylum seekers in Germany, offering hospitality and solidarity and challenging homophobia, transphobia and anti-refugee attitudes. This LGBT+ History Month, Refugee Hosts Project Coordinator and ESRC-funded PhD candidate Aydan Greatrick, explores the challenges that queer refugees and support organisations have faced in Germany…

Prof. Fiddian-Qasmiyeh to present on ‘Shifting the Gaze: Southern-led Humanitarian Responses to Displacement’

On January 21st 2021 at 17.30pm (GMT), Refugee Hosts' PI, Prof. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, delivered “Shifting the Gaze: Southern-led Humanitarian Responses to Displacement” for the Mellon Sawyer series: 'Humanitarians. Migrations and Care through the Global South' hosted by the Simpson Center, University of Washington. Her presentation was followed by a graduate seminar on Jan 22nd, in…

A System of Profiteering: Outsourcing the Asylum Interview Process

Allegations of ‘gross maladministration’ and human rights abuses exist alongside ‘staggering’ profit margins for private companies brought in to manage the UK’s immigration and VISA systems. In this post, Bethany Morris, a content writer for the UK's Immigration Advice Service, lays bare the UK Government’s policy to prioritise profit over people and the multiple problems…

“Writing the Camp” – Yousif M. Qasmiyeh’s new poetry collection named The Poetry Book Society’s Spring 2021 Recommendation

We are delighted to announce that Refugee Hosts' writer-in-residence Yousif M. Qasmiyeh's poetry collection, "Writing the Camp", will be released on the 28th February 2021 (published by Broken Sleep Books), and has been selected as The Poetry Book Society’s Spring 2021 Recommendation. The collection is available to pre-order here. Praise for Writing the Camp: “Yousif M.…

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…