Gender, Religion and Humanitarian Responses to Refugees

Major international agencies including the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have moved towards partnering with faith-based actors to support displaced persons. Despite this, concerns – and suspicions – remain about the nature and impact of faith-based responses to displacement, often stemming from negative assumptions about the relationship between religion and gender. These assumptions … Continue reading Gender, Religion and Humanitarian Responses to Refugees

The Dead

This piece, which is a re-posting from The Oxonion Review, continues our focus on literary translation and displacement. It is the fifth instalment of our Translation, Poetry and Displacement Series: you can read the other instalments by following the link at the bottom of this page or by clicking here.  In this piece, Refugee Hosts Writer in Residence Yousif M. … Continue reading The Dead

Reflection and Connection: Religious Celebration in Times of Crisis

In this piece, Olivia Wilkinson reflects on the implicit and explicit roles faith celebrations play in local responses to crises in the Philippines. Drawing on her research there, Wilkinson offers a compelling argument: despite misunderstandings, international humanitarian responses to crises should aim to more effectively engage with local religious ceremonies as part of their overall response. How this … Continue reading Reflection and Connection: Religious Celebration in Times of Crisis

Nothing stays on the table except the trace of your hand…

This piece, which is a re-posting from The Oxonion Review, continues our focus on literary translation and displacement. Refugee Hosts Writer in Residence Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, in collaboration with the Oxford Student PEN group, translates the poetry of Syrian writer Tammam Al-Tillawi. The poem is one of five works of translation from Arabic and French into English. It […]

Prayer

This piece, which is a re-posting from The Oxonion Review, continues our focus on literary translation and displacement. Refugee Hosts Writer in Residence Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, in collaboration with the Oxford Student PEN group, translates the poetry of Syrian writer Tammam Al-Tillawi. The poem is one of five works of translation from Arabic and French into English. It … Continue reading Prayer

Despair

This piece, which is a re-posting from The Oxonion Review, continues our focus on literary translation and displacement. It is the second instalment of our Translation, Poetry and Displacement Series: you can read the other instalments by following the link at the bottom of this page.  In this piece, Refugee Hosts Writer in Residence Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, in collaboration with … Continue reading Despair

Panoramas of Death and Desolation

This piece, which is a re-posting from The Oxonion Review, continues our focus on literary translation and displacement. It is the first instalment of our Translation, Poetry and Displacement Series: you can read the other instalments by following the link at the bottom of this page.  In this piece, Refugee Hosts Writer in Residence Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, in collaboration with … Continue reading Panoramas of Death and Desolation

Time Machine: Stereoscopic Views from Palestine, 1900

This March, the Middle East Studies department at Brown University, Rhode Island is hosting an exhibition - Time Machine: Stereoscopic Views from Palestine, 1900 - that invites spectators to become time travellers. Drawing on 100 images taken in 1900 of Palestine and the surrounding 'Holy Land', the collection - curated by Ariella Azoulay and Issam Nassar … Continue reading Time Machine: Stereoscopic Views from Palestine, 1900

Space of Refuge Symposium Report

On Wednesday 15 March 2017, Samar Maqusi, Prof. Murray Fraser (both of UCL-Bartlett School of Architecture) and Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh (UCL-Geography and Refugee Hosts PI) convened a symposium on Space of Refuge. The symposium drew heavily on Maqusi's PhD research in Jordan and Lebanon, enabling a conversation around the roles that space and scale play in determining the opportunities and … Continue reading Space of Refuge Symposium Report