‘How Did it Feel to Ask those Questions?’ – An Email Exchange about Experiencing Research on Displacement.

In this post Hanna Schneider and her colleague Israa Sadder share an email exchange in which they discuss conducting research with Syrian refugees living in Jordan. The exchange describes the relationships developed both between researchers and intermediaries, and between researchers, intermediaries and their interlocutors. These research relationships raise multiple questions regarding how working as an…

‘And then they issued an ultimatum’: Ethical and practical considerations for conducting fieldwork in volatile and research-crowded settings

‘The last thing they needed – I assumed – was one more researcher who wanted to ask them questions for an hour of their precious time.’ Following the ultimatum issued by Turkish authorities to unregistered Syrian refugees in Istanbul to leave the city within one month, Hanna Schneider reflects on the ethical and practical considerations…

Objective Enough to Tell the Truth

Objective Enough to Tell the Truth This presentation was given by Dima Hamadmad at the Refugee Hosts International Conference, Without Exception: The Politics and Poetics of Local Responses to Displacement, Dima’s presentation examines the importance of language within academic research and the ethics of using dominant narratives, often perceived as objective, but that can decontextualize and ignore…

New Book: Refugee Imaginaries: Research Across Humanities

Refugee Imaginaries: Research Across the Humanities ‘explores how refugees imagine the world and how the world imagines them.’ Through a collection of over 30 chapters, co-edited by Refugee Hosts Co-Investigator Prof. Lyndsey Stonebridge, and written by experts from a range of disciplines, the book places ‘refugee imaginaries at the centre of interdisciplinary exchange’ and ‘demonstrates…

Rights in context: exploring (faith-based) humanitarianism through the lens of refugee hosting

This presentation was given by Anna Rowlands at the Refugee Hosts International Conference and reflects on her contributions to the Refugee Hosts project. In listening and critically engaging with the ways that humanitarian actors, especially faith based actors, have conceptualised their roles vis-à-vis practices and conceptualisations of membership in response to rightlessness, Rowlands draws on the works of Arendt…

Objective enough to tell the truth

This presentation was given by Dima Al-Hamadmad at the Refugee Hosts International Conference and examined the many narratives regarding the Syrian conflict and subsequent displacement of refugees from Syria, and the impact of this narrative on refugee rights and an increasingly hostile environment.  Objective enough to tell the truth by Dima Al-Hamadmad, Researcher, Refugee Hosts Objectivity means telling…

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…

“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…

Workshop: Translation, Literature and Precarity

This workshop was hosted by the Refugee Hosts International Conference on the 25th October 2019, from 12.00 – 13.30 Chair and Facilitator: Yousif M. Qasmiyeh (Refugee Hosts Writer-in-Residence and University of Oxford) Prof. Wen-Chin Ouyang (SOAS) Prof. Matthew Reynolds (University of Oxford) You can watch the live stream video of the workshop, here:    …

Workshop: Locating Faith in Humanitarian Practice and Local Community Response

This Workshop was convened at the Refugee Hosts International Conference on the 25th October 2019, from 14.15 -15:45 Chairs and Facilitators: Prof Alastair Ager (Refugee Hosts – Queen Margaret University) and Dr Anna Rowlands (Refugee Hosts – Durham University) Dr Olivia Wilkinson (Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities) Atallah Fitzgibbon (Islamic Relief Worldwide) Fernando Espada…