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 … Continue reading From Home to Home

‘Behind each work there is a story of pain’: Nedhal’s art makes her happy

Nedhal uses art not just as a method of recovery from trauma and pain, but as a means of showing solidarity and welcome to new arrivals, a way of connecting with people who have experience of displacement and loss, and to bridge the gap between people from different cultures, countries and generations. These are all … Continue reading ‘Behind each work there is a story of pain’: Nedhal’s art makes her happy

The Bomb Shelter

The Bomb Shelter by Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, University of Oxford, Refugee Hosts, and Imagining Futures The bomb shelter: The camp’s alibi for a presence susceptible to its presence The private parts of the dead, circumcised with hindsight Guts as road signs                                          Or a map Ruins summoning ruins             Ruins fornicating ruins In rows, they ululated. The bomb shelter? … Continue reading The Bomb Shelter

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

Listen: Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, on the Staying Alive: Poetry and Crisis podcast – Death Leaves Signs

Listen to Refugee Hosts' writer-in-residence, Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, in conversation with Adriana X. Jacobs (University of Oxford) who is the producer and host of the Staying Alive: Poetry and Crisis podcast series, as he discusses writing the camp, poetry’s ways of seeing, and the signs that death leaves in the camp to remember, revisit, and translate.

The Dancer’s Tale

This Refugee Week, we are delighted to post an extract of the forthcoming work, Refugee Tales III, which explores - through writing and poetry - the experiences of those who variously experience detention in the UK. Refugee Tales is an outreach project of Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group, and is inspired by the work of the Group, which has supported individuals in detention … Continue reading The Dancer’s Tale