Refugee Hosts at ‘History of Refugees’ Conference

On the 23rd November 2020 Refugee Hosts' Co-ordinator, Aydan Greatrick and Co. I. Prof. Lyndsey Stonebridge took part in the 'History of Refugees' conference hosted by SolidariTee. Diverse motivations shape contemporary responses to refugees, yet the role of history is often overlooked. Aydan Greatrick's and Prof. Lyndsey Stonebridge's talk, 'Refugee Hosting Across Time,' sought to…

Now Recruiting: Digital Engagement Officer

We are now recruiting a 20% FTE Digital Engagement Officer to join our team from January to June 2021 with the possibility of extension. The successful post holder will support with planning, organising and delivering project-wide digital engagement materials during the final year of this ESRC-AHRC funded research project. The position will be based in…

Writing and Righting: a discussion about the importance of writing, literature and human rights

On Thursday 3rd December, from 6-8pm, Refugee Hosts' Co I, Prof. Lyndsey Stonebridge will join a distinguished panel of writers, academics and cultural commentators online to celebrate the publication of her new collection of essays, Writing and Righting (Oxford University Press). The book features poetry by Refugee Hosts' Writer in Residence Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, with the final…

‘Without Exception’ – One Year On: Refugee Hosts’ International Conference

On the 25th and 26th of October 2019, Refugee Hosts’ International Conference, ‘Without Exception: The Politics and Poetics of Local Responses to Displacement’ sold out to an international audience who joined us both in person and via live stream. Here we mark the conversations that took place and invite further conversations relating to ‘without exception’, a…

Queer Russian asylum seekers in Germany: Worthy refugees and acceptable forms of harm?

Western states are often represented as safe-havens for refugees fleeing gender and sexuality-based persecution. However, all too often the credibility of the latter's testimony hinges on their adhering to specific stereotypes of 'worthy' refugees experiencing particular forms of harm. In this post, Prof. Richard Mole provides an extract from his chapter (pp 273-288) in the…

Refugee Hosts’ Research challenges perceptions at new IWM exhibition exploring 100 years of refugee experiences

Refugee Hosts' project is part of a major new exhibition at the Imperial War Museum, London from the 24th of September - 24th of May 2021. Refugees: Forced to Flee explores why people flee their homes and take certain items with them; how they make their journeys and find safety; and the challenges that can…

Religion and Social Justice for Refugees Webinar

As part of the Religion and Social Justice for Refugees Project, a partnership between the Refugee Hosts team and Yale University, this webinar focused on the implications of the findings of this interdisciplinary research for policy and practice. The webinar was held on the 15th of September 2020 from 3.00 pm, BST and a recording…

We are Movers: We are Towers of Strength

This ‘We are Movers: We are Towers of Strength' blog post is drawn from the chapter with the same title in the recently published Refuge in a Moving World Open Access volume edited by Refugee Hosts PI, Prof. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh. The chapter (pp 139 - 144) incorporates the format of an 'image essay' and 'a linked…

From Home to Home

This poem is written by Prof. Ilan Kelman, inspired by the recently published Refuge in a Moving World Open Access volume edited by Refugee Hosts PI Prof. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh. Ilan's chapter in the book, “Does climate change cause migration?” (pp. 123 - 133) examines if climate change has a direct and causative affect on forced migration, or…

Theatre and/as solidarity: Putting yourself in the shoes of a refugee through performance

In this post Marta Niccolai provides a narrated presentation of her contribution to the recently published Refuge in a Moving World Open Access volume edited by Refugee Hosts PI, Prof. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh. Her chapter, 'Theatre and/as solidarity: Putting yourself in the shoes of a refugee through performance,” focuses on Teatro di Nascosto or Hidden Theatre,…