The value of everyday resilience

In this post, Caroline Lenette draws on her experience of co-producing research with refugee women with diverse backgrounds and lives. Lenette argues that resilience is not an extraordinary phenomenon embodied only by those refugees in the public eye, but something that is played out in the everyday, often mundane, and sometimes violent, lives that refugee…

The importance of identity – reflections from fieldwork in Hamra, Beirut

‘There can be no question that the background of the researcher affects what and whom s/he can access for research purposes’  argues local Refugee Hosts researcher, Bayan Itani as she reflects on her experiences of completing fieldwork in the local neighbourhood of Hamra, in the capital city of Lebanon, Beirut. Itani reflects on how her own…

The Poetics of Undisclosed Care

Throughout our research in Lebanon and Jordan, the Refugee Hosts project has been tracing how, why and with what effect the residents of diverse neighbourhoods have been responding to the arrival and presence of refugees from Syria. In her latest contribution to our Reflections from the Field Series, Refugee Hosts PI Prof. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh draws…

Refugee Hosts team at Mobilising Global Voices Conference 2019: Perspectives from the Global South

This month, Refugee Hosts' PI Prof. Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, members of our research team in Jordan, Rahmeh Abu Shweimeh and Sura Al-Mahasis, and Refugee Hosts' Co-I Prof. Alastair Ager attended the Mobilising Global Voices 2019: Perspectives from the Global South Conference at the Houses of Parliament. The event was organised by the Arts and Humanities Research Council…

Reflections from the Field: Introduction to the Series

Reflections from the Field: Introduction to the Series by Prof. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, Refugee Hosts PI, UCL As part of our new Reflections from the Field blog series, we will be sharing vignettes from our team members’ ‘fieldnotes,’ extracts from interview transcripts, reflections from the participatory research workshops and creative writing workshops we have hosted in Lebanon…

Hospitality and Hostility towards Migrants: Global Perspectives—An Introduction

This piece reflects on diverse dynamics of hospitality and hostility towards migrants around the world and across different historical contexts, reflecting many of the complex and often contradictory nature of migratory encounters we are exploring in the Refugee Hosts project. Although hospitality and hostility are often closely interlinked, Dr. Mette Berg and Refugee Hosts PI, Prof.…

Undoing the Meaning of the World: Creation and Decreation in Contemporary Refugee Studies

Refugee Hosts and refugee studies are currently pioneering innovative transdisciplinary approaches across the arts, humanities and social sciences. Next year sees the publication of Refugee Imaginaries: Contemporary Research Across the Humanities, edited by Refugee Hosts’ Lyndsey Stonebridge, and Agnes Woolley, Emma Cox, David Farrier and Sam Durant (EUP, forthcoming, 2018), and which includes work by Elena…