Research impact and Policy Influence: On Bricks and Visions

In this blog Professor Alastair Ager, Refugee Hosts Co-Investigator, contributes to our Reflections from the Field series by drawing on his experience of working on the project and his role as a government advisor to highlight the importance of the interface between research and policy.  Ager uses the analogy of ‘bricks and visions’ to discuss … Continue reading Research impact and Policy Influence: On Bricks and Visions

Refugee Hosts International Conference – Without Exception: The Politics and Poetics of Local Responses To Displacement

The Refugee Hosts project is pleased to announce this two day conference, bringing together key academics, practitioners, creatives and experts in the fields of migration, displacement and refugees, to challenge, inform and debate dominant humanitarian discourse, the politics and ethics of knowledge production, and current theory and practice in relation to forced migration. When:  24th … Continue reading Refugee Hosts International Conference – Without Exception: The Politics and Poetics of Local Responses To Displacement

Dr Anna Rowlands: New report launched in collaboration with Jesuit Refugee Service

On 27th June 2019 a new report, 'For our welfare and not for our harm',  written by Refugee Hosts' Co-Investigator Dr Anna Rowlands in collaboration with the Jesuit Refugee Service, was launched. The report was the culmination of almost two years of collaboration and 'meaning-making' with refugees and the people who work with refugees, and highlights how the current asylum system is … Continue reading Dr Anna Rowlands: New report launched in collaboration with Jesuit Refugee Service

The value of everyday resilience

In this post, Caroline Lenette draws on her experience of co-producing research with refugee women with diverse backgrounds and lives. Lenette argues that resilience is not an extraordinary phenomenon embodied only by those refugees in the public eye, but something that is played out in the everyday, often mundane, and sometimes violent, lives that refugee … Continue reading The value of everyday resilience

The importance of identity – reflections from fieldwork in Hamra, Beirut

‘There can be no question that the background of the researcher affects what and whom s/he can access for research purposes’  argues local Refugee Hosts researcher, Bayan Itani as she reflects on her experiences of completing fieldwork in the local neighbourhood of Hamra, in the capital city of Lebanon, Beirut. Itani reflects on how her own … Continue reading The importance of identity – reflections from fieldwork in Hamra, Beirut

Listen: Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, on the Staying Alive: Poetry and Crisis podcast – Death Leaves Signs

Listen to Refugee Hosts' writer-in-residence, Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, in conversation with Adriana X. Jacobs (University of Oxford) who is the producer and host of the Staying Alive: Poetry and Crisis podcast series, as he discusses writing the camp, poetry’s ways of seeing, and the signs that death leaves in the camp to remember, revisit, and translate.

The Dancer’s Tale

This Refugee Week, we are delighted to post an extract of the forthcoming work, Refugee Tales III, which explores - through writing and poetry - the experiences of those who variously experience detention in the UK. Refugee Tales is an outreach project of Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group, and is inspired by the work of the Group, which has supported individuals in detention … Continue reading The Dancer’s Tale

Yousif M. Qasmiyeh at the World Conference on Statelessness

On the 28th and 29th of June 2019, Refugee Hosts' Writer in Residence, Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, will be contributing to the World Conference on Statelessness in The Hague. In addition to speaking and reading his poetry at the panel on 'Citizenship in Unrecognised States' on 28th of June, Yousif will be participating in a series … Continue reading Yousif M. Qasmiyeh at the World Conference on Statelessness

Three ways that Religion Matters in Responses to Refugees

How and why does religion matter in response to forced migration? On Friday 10th May 2019 the Refugee Hosts’ team co-convened a workshop with colleagues from Yale, as part of our British Council-funded Bridging Voices project, to examine the role of religion in forced displacement. The Bridging Voices project, and our recent workshop, brings our Refugee Hosts … Continue reading Three ways that Religion Matters in Responses to Refugees

The Poetics of Undisclosed Care

Throughout our research in Lebanon and Jordan, the Refugee Hosts project has been tracing how, why and with what effect the residents of diverse neighbourhoods have been responding to the arrival and presence of refugees from Syria. In her latest contribution to our Reflections from the Field Series, Refugee Hosts PI Prof. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh draws … Continue reading The Poetics of Undisclosed Care