The Active Citizens Sound Archive

‘A critical mass of articles and incendiaries, reflections and rallying cries, has skewered the notion that refugee storytelling is somehow inherently useful, and that ‘giving voice’ is a benevolent practice.’ In this piece, Tom Western, argues that within these reductive narratives of ‘refugeeness’ the ‘complexities, creativities, histories, humour, ambiguities, and political struggles go missing’ and … Continue reading The Active Citizens Sound Archive

Models for Refugee Governance – Legal, political and institutional responses in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan.

This blog post is an extract from Zeynep Sahin’s book ‘Refugee Governance, State and Politics in the Middle East’ published in December 2018. The book examines the patterns of legal, political and institutional responses to large-scale Syrian forced migration and how Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon, three of the world’s top refugee hosting countries, responded to … Continue reading Models for Refugee Governance – Legal, political and institutional responses in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan.

‘Refugees ask Refugees: The Poetics of Displacement’ – Prof. Lyndsey Stonebridge’s guest talk at Bard College, Berlin

On the 16th of March 2020, Refugee Hosts' Co-I Prof. Lyndsey Stonebridge will offer a guest talk at Bard College, Berlin, titled 'Refugees ask Refugees: The Poetics of Displacement'. The talk will draw on the Refugee Hosts project, including the writing of Refugee Hosts' writer-in-residence, Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, whose poetic lines in 'Writing the Camp. Vis-à-vis … Continue reading ‘Refugees ask Refugees: The Poetics of Displacement’ – Prof. Lyndsey Stonebridge’s guest talk at Bard College, Berlin

‘And then they issued an ultimatum’: Ethical and practical considerations for conducting fieldwork in volatile and research-crowded settings

‘The last thing they needed – I assumed – was one more researcher who wanted to ask them questions for an hour of their precious time.’ Following the ultimatum issued by Turkish authorities to unregistered Syrian refugees in Istanbul to leave the city within one month, Hanna Schneider reflects on the ethical and practical considerations … Continue reading ‘And then they issued an ultimatum’: Ethical and practical considerations for conducting fieldwork in volatile and research-crowded settings

Objective Enough to Tell the Truth

Objective Enough to Tell the Truth This presentation was given by Dima Hamadmad at the Refugee Hosts International Conference, Without Exception: The Politics and Poetics of Local Responses to Displacement, Dima's presentation examines the importance of language within academic research and the ethics of using dominant narratives, often perceived as objective, but that can decontextualize and ignore … Continue reading Objective Enough to Tell the Truth

Prof. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh – Inaugral Lecture: Refuge in a Moving World: beyond hospitality and hostility

Refugee Hosts PI, Prof. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, delivered her Inaugural Lecture: Refuge in a Moving World: beyond hospitality and hostility on the 10th of December 2019. You can listen to the podcast and view the lecture slides, here. About the lecture People have been displaced throughout history and across all geographies, and yet attention to displacement … Continue reading Prof. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh – Inaugral Lecture: Refuge in a Moving World: beyond hospitality and hostility

New Book: Refugee Imaginaries: Research Across Humanities

Refugee Imaginaries: Research Across the Humanities ‘explores how refugees imagine the world and how the world imagines them.’ Through a collection of over 30 chapters, co-edited by Refugee Hosts Co-Investigator Prof. Lyndsey Stonebridge, and written by experts from a range of disciplines, the book places ‘refugee imaginaries at the centre of interdisciplinary exchange’ and ‘demonstrates … Continue reading New Book: Refugee Imaginaries: Research Across Humanities

Refugee Hosts International Conference – Archive Now Available

On 24 and 25 October 2019 Refugee Hosts hosted and live-streamed our Refugee Hosts International Conference, Without Exception: The Politics and Poetics of Local Responses to Displacement.  The conference included a series of keynote lectures, panels, roundtables, and artistic interventions exploring themes that are key to our project. All key notes, panel presentations and round … Continue reading Refugee Hosts International Conference – Archive Now Available

Yousif M. Qasmiyeh’s poetry in Odyssey: Words and Music of Finding Home

We are very pleased to announce that two new poems, 'A Soliloquy before Time' and 'Time,' by Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, Refugee Hosts' writer-in-residence, will feature in Odyssey: Words and Music of Finding Home, a narrative recital by the award-winning actor Christopher Kent and pianist Gamal Khamis. You can watch the live stream of the recital performed on Friday … Continue reading Yousif M. Qasmiyeh’s poetry in Odyssey: Words and Music of Finding Home

Rights in context: exploring (faith-based) humanitarianism through the lens of refugee hosting

This presentation was given by Anna Rowlands at the Refugee Hosts International Conference and reflects on her contributions to the Refugee Hosts project. In listening and critically engaging with the ways that humanitarian actors, especially faith based actors, have conceptualised their roles vis-à-vis practices and conceptualisations of membership in response to rightlessness, Rowlands draws on the works of Arendt … Continue reading Rights in context: exploring (faith-based) humanitarianism through the lens of refugee hosting