‘A Refugee Pastor in a Refugee Church’: Refugee-Refugee Hosting in a Faith-Based Context

This presentation was given by Karen Lauterbach at the Refugee Hosts International Conference. The paper is about refugee-refugee hosting in a faith-based context and examined how refugee churches hosting refugees invoke ideas of compassion and sacrifice in these hybrid forms of hosting. 'A Refugee Pastor in a Refugee Church': Refugee-Refugee Hosting in a Faith-Based Context by … Continue reading ‘A Refugee Pastor in a Refugee Church’: Refugee-Refugee Hosting in a Faith-Based Context

EU-Turkey Refugee Deal: “This is (not) a pipe”

This presentation was given by Zeynep Kivilcim at the Refugee Hosts International Conference and critically investigates the EU-Turkey Deal that establishes a regime where Turkey’s authoritarian, European illiberal and liberal sovereign practices converge and function with harmony against the rights of migrants and refugees. EU-Turkey Refugee Deal:  "This is (not) a pipe" by Zeynep Kivilcim, … Continue reading EU-Turkey Refugee Deal: “This is (not) a pipe”

Refugee return, geopolitics and war imaginaries

This presentation was given by Tamirace Fakhoury at the Refugee Hosts International Conference. The presentation explored how Lebanon’s formal and informal actors, namely government agencies, political parties and representatives of local communities, have negotiated on the issue of Syrian refugee return. Refugee return, geopolitics and war imaginaries by Tamirace Fakhoury, Lebanese American University This presentation unpacked … Continue reading Refugee return, geopolitics and war imaginaries

Hospitality as a ‘Phenomenological Economy’: International Guests among MENA’s Refugees

This presentation was given by Dr Estella Carpi at the Refugee Hosts International Conference. The presentation examined hospitality as a ‘phenomenological economy', which sheds particular light on the hospitality offered by refugees to members of ‘outside communities’. Hospitality as a ‘Phenomenological Economy’: International Guests among MENA’s Refugees By Dr Estella Carpi, Research Associate, Southern Responses to Displacement … Continue reading Hospitality as a ‘Phenomenological Economy’: International Guests among MENA’s Refugees

The Borderlines of Empathy

This presentation was given by Bayan Itani at the Refugee Hosts International Conference. The presentation addressed empathy as a common motivation for supporting Syrian refugees. In so doing, it questions the ‘borderlines’ of empathy, and the reasons behind its decline, within the context of people from Syria seeking refuge in Lebanon. The borderlines of empathy by … Continue reading The Borderlines of Empathy

Sounding Stories, Telling Sounds: Listening with Displacement and Emplacement

This presentation was given by Tom Western at  the Refugee Hosts International Conference as part of Panel 1:  Disrupting Humanitarian Narratives. The presentation puts sound and listening at the centre of forced migration, asking how they inform experiences of displacement and practices of emplacement. Sound is an access point to the agency of people who have crossed borders: … Continue reading Sounding Stories, Telling Sounds: Listening with Displacement and Emplacement

“Who pays you?” Guilt and reservations in producing policy relevant research on refugees

‘Have I been “staring too hard” at my participants’ displacement, neglecting other aspects of their lives?’ In this blog post Wen-Yu Wu reflects on some of the ethical dilemmas and feelings of guilt experienced during her research with displaced Syrian students in Lebanon and Jordan. As a recipient of a ‘Global Challenges’ Scholarship from the … Continue reading “Who pays you?” Guilt and reservations in producing policy relevant research on refugees

Belonging: a privilege or a right? Conditional inclusion in the Netherlands

  ‘Why do some refugees receive huge outpourings of public support, while others do not? Why are some people allowed to stay, while others in a similar legal situation are not?’ In this post, Aukje Muller, examines the ‘construction of belonging’ within the Netherlands and its influence on decisions regarding the deportation of migrants to … Continue reading Belonging: a privilege or a right? Conditional inclusion in the Netherlands

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