Sharing stories and the quiet politics of welcome

In this post, Olivia Sheringham describes the Global Story Café project in the London borough of Waltham Forest. These storytelling workshops and story sharing cafés brought together migrants, asylum seekers and refugees to share stories about universal themes with the aim of reducing ‘prejudice, fear and racism and to promote equality and tolerance (through the … Continue reading Sharing stories and the quiet politics of welcome

Soundscape: Faith Communities in Hamra

In this post Refugee Hosts Researcher, Leonie Harsch, reflects on her soundscape of Muslim and Christian spaces in Hamra, Beirut. Harsch includes insights from interviews with members of both religious and secular communities who use these spaces for both humanitarian and religious purposes, and describes how these spaces are conceptualised by local communities. The soundscape … Continue reading Soundscape: Faith Communities in Hamra

Refugee Hosts’ writer-in-residence, Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, at The Cambridge Centre for the Study of Global Human Movement

Refugee Hosts' writer-in-residence, Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, will participate in the 'Migrant Knowledge: Early Modern and Beyond' event at the University of Cambridge next week. This three-day public event will bring together academics, artists, and activists to 'explore alternative ways of thinking and knowing about migration – of people, things, and ideas – rooted in the … Continue reading Refugee Hosts’ writer-in-residence, Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, at The Cambridge Centre for the Study of Global Human Movement

Refugee Hosts at inaugural South-South Forum, Dartmouth College, US

Refugee Hosts' PI, Prof. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh and writer-in-residence, Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, will participate in the inaugural South-South Forum, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, which will be held over 3 days from the 13th – 15th of August 2019. This international and interdisciplinary workshop contributes to the aim of the South-South Forum to bring artists, scholars and activists into … Continue reading Refugee Hosts at inaugural South-South Forum, Dartmouth College, US

‘Random Acts of Kindness’: Reflections on Everyday Responses to Displacement in Hamra

In this photo essay depicting areas of shared support in Hamra, Refugee Hosts’ researcher, Leonie Harsch, reflects on informal acts of charity or giving. These ‘random acts of kindness’, which enable a fluid transition between categories of refugee and host, migrant and local also explored by the Refugee Hosts project here and here, operate without … Continue reading ‘Random Acts of Kindness’: Reflections on Everyday Responses to Displacement in Hamra

The Tribulations, and Deportations, of Syrian Guests in Turkey

Almost 5,000 Syrian refugee have been deported from Turkey to the Idlib area of Syria, an area still experiencing intense shelling and where 86 people were killed in just one week in July. In this piece, Diane al-Mehdi draws on her research to describe ‘horrendous detention conditions’ and the ‘humiliating’ process of deportation and traces the … Continue reading The Tribulations, and Deportations, of Syrian Guests in Turkey

Developmentalising Humanitarian Space: Questioning the value of development approaches to protracted displacement

Can ‘development approaches’ in response to forced displacement work without a focus on refugee rights? In this post, Katharina Schmidt examines programmes, such as the Cash for Work (CfW) programme and humanitarian Water, Shelter and Hygiene (WASH) programmes, developed in Jordan following the Compact agreement of 2016. These programmes are designed to facilitate refugees’ independence … Continue reading Developmentalising Humanitarian Space: Questioning the value of development approaches to protracted displacement

‘A Refugee Pastor in a Refugee Church’ – Hybrid Forms of Faith-Based Hosting in Kampala, Uganda

What insights into ideology, relationality and hierarchy can we gain by examining the role of faith in displacement, and in the acts of hosting and being hosted? In this post, Karen Lauterbach (University of Copenhagen) discusses hybrid forms of faith-based hosting and draws on her research with Congolese refugee churches in Kampala, Uganda. Lauterbach examines … Continue reading ‘A Refugee Pastor in a Refugee Church’ – Hybrid Forms of Faith-Based Hosting in Kampala, Uganda

Refugee Hosts’ team take lead on new Oxford Handbook on Religion and Contemporary Migration

Refugee Hosts is delighted to announce that two of its researchers, Dr Anna Rowlands (Durham University) and Prof. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh (UCL) will be editing the new Oxford Handbook on Religion and Contemporary Migration due to be published by Oxford University Press in 2021. The editors write: This Handbook will add a timely religious, philosophical and theological … Continue reading Refugee Hosts’ team take lead on new Oxford Handbook on Religion and Contemporary Migration

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