Dehumanizing Refugees: Between Demonization and Idealization

Reflecting on her voluntary/volunteering work with refugees in Greece, in this piece Sarah Elsheikh highlights how people affected by displacement respond to and resist different narratives and policies developed about (and against) refugees. Echoing other contributions to our Representations of Displacement Series [ie. see here and here], Sarah argues that, in response to narratives that demonise refugees, … Continue reading Dehumanizing Refugees: Between Demonization and Idealization

Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh invited speaker at 2017 UNHCR High Commissioner’s Dialogue on Protection Challenges, Geneva

On Tuesday 12 December, Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh was invited to present insights from her research at the UNHCR High Commissioner's Dialogue on Protection Challenges. As one of four panelists discussing ‘Reception and Admission’, she spoke alongside H.E. Ambassador Mr. Boudjemâa Delm (Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Algeria to the United Nations), H.E. Ambassador Antje Leendertse (Ambassador … Continue reading Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh invited speaker at 2017 UNHCR High Commissioner’s Dialogue on Protection Challenges, Geneva

New Blog Series: Contextualising the Localisation of Aid

Call for Submissions: Contextualising the Localisation of Aid Agenda (January 15th-March 25th) This call for submissions invites contributions that add to on-going debates about the ‘localisation of aid agenda’, encouraging in particular pieces that help to conceptualise and contextualise ‘the local’ in the context of responses to displacement in the global South: How is ‘the … Continue reading New Blog Series: Contextualising the Localisation of Aid

Protestimony

As part of her research into how humanitarianism has been changed by Calais, Hari Reed and collaborators, under the umbrella of the IMAGINE charity, have curated an exhibition called Protestimony, which was first shown at the Edinburgh Festival in August 2017. Here she showcases some of the images, questions and dilemmas of the show. Protestimony … Continue reading Protestimony

Widowhood, Displacement and Friendships in Jordan

How do shared experiences of widowhood inform a sense of self and community among Palestinian and Syrian refugees living in Jordan? In this piece, Dina Zbeidy explores every-day lives in displacement, refugee-refugee relations, self-representation and spaces of refuge in Wihdat, a Palestinian camp east of Amman. In particular, she highlights the important social role that community spaces … Continue reading Widowhood, Displacement and Friendships in Jordan

Reflections on Alice’s Alternative Wonderland

How can creative storytelling enable new ways of thinking about and representing displacement? In this piece, Tahmineh Hooshyar Emami reflects on the process of writing her fictitious account, Alice’s Alternative Wonderland, which was originally displayed in three parts on Refugee Hosts. Alice’s Alternative Wonderland is the fictitious account of a child’s experiences on the European refugee trail; here the author … Continue reading Reflections on Alice’s Alternative Wonderland

The Virtual Reality of the Refugee Experience

Representations of the 'refugee crisis' have ranged from the spectacular to the devastating. In an attempt to engage with this spectacle, some organisations have developed virtual reality 'experiences' that aim to encourage audiences to 'walk in the shoes' of displaced people: to feel compassion for their plight, and to gain an understanding of their everyday … Continue reading The Virtual Reality of the Refugee Experience

A Tale of Humanity, Love and Reaching out to Refugees

In this piece (re-posted from The National) Professor Alison Phipps, UNESCO Chair for Refugee Integration through Languages and the Arts at the University of Glasgow, reflects on the interpersonal nature of hosting - and the way it develops through everyday encounters -, arguing that intimate and local level dynamics are at the core of refugee … Continue reading A Tale of Humanity, Love and Reaching out to Refugees

Hard Infrastructures, Diseased Bodies

In this piece, Dominic Davies (University of Oxford) explores the architecture of the 'global border regime' as a political and en emotional response to representations of migrants and refugees as an 'invasion'. Through an analysis of detention architecture, including through depictions of detention centres by artists and in graphic novels, Davies suggests that visual strategies can highlight … Continue reading Hard Infrastructures, Diseased Bodies