Panel 3: Rethinking Community, Rights and Displacement: Theory and Practice

  This panel was hosted at the Refugee Hosts International Conference on the 25th October 2019, from 16.00 – 17.30 Chair: Prof Lyndsey Stonebridge (Refugee Hosts – University of Birmingham) Dr Tamirace Fakhoury (Lebanese American University) Dr Anna Rowlands (Refugee Hosts – Durham University) Dr Zeynep Kivilcim (Humbodt Universitat zu Berlin) You can watch the live…

Panel 2: Hosting, Hospitality and the Common Good

This panel was hosted at the Refugee Hosts International Conference on the 24th October 2019, from 15:00-16:30 Chair: Prof Alison Phipps (University of Glasgow) Bayan Itani (Refugee Hosts) Dr Estella Carpi (Southern Responses to Displacement, UCL) Dr Ann Christin Wagner (University of Edinburgh) Dr Karen Lauterbach (University of Copenhagen) You can watch the live stream…

Panel 1: Disrupting Humanitarian Narratives

This panel was hosted at the Refugee Hosts International Conference on the 24th October 2019, from 11:15 – 12:45 Chair: Sarah Clarke (Article 19) Prof. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh (Refugee Hosts – UCL) Dima Al-Hamadmad (Refugee Hosts) Dr Tom Western (University of Oslo) Unfortunately, the audio on the recording of Sarah Clarke’s introduction to this panel was…

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…

Translation workshop on contemporary Arabic poetry produced by Palestinian, Iraqi and Syrian refugees.

On Monday, 4th February, Refugee Hosts’ writer-in-residence, Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, will facilitate a translation workshop focusing on contemporary Arabic poetry produced by Palestinian, Iraqi and Syrian refugees as part of the Refugee Hosts’ creative writing workshops convened by Prof. Lyndsey Stonebridge and Yousif in Lebanon (Baddawi Camp and Hamra) and Jordan (Jerash and Al-Zarqa) in 2018. Held as part of the Oxford Comparative Criticism Translation (OCCT) Discussion Group…

Shadows and Echoes in/of Displacement

Shadows and Echoes in/of Displacement: Temporalities, spatialities and materialities of displacement by Prof. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, Refugee Hosts In line with our project’s Spaces and Places not Faces approach to representation, a key question arising in Refugee Hosts is how we can represent, and conceptualise, the ‘field-sites’ where we are conducting research. Through diverse media –…

An Update: ‘Data Collection and Analysis’

An Update: ‘Data Collection and Analysis’ by Prof. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, Refugee Hosts PI In November 2018, the Refugee Hosts team is starting to ‘analyse’ the transcripts of circa 400 semi-structured interviews completed since autumn 2017 by our diversely positioned research teams in the Middle East and in the UK. A final set of interviews –…

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…

Reflections from ‘the Field’

Read the Series Here 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…

Drawing the Camp: Graphic Essay of Community Organising, Local Aid and ‘Refugee Humanitarianism’ in Irbid Refugee Camp

Displaced communities – whether long-time residents of camps and urban areas, or newly arrived refugees – are also often hosts, offering support to fellow refugees through community-led initiatives, or simple acts of everyday hospitality. This ‘refugee-refugee humanitarianism’ disrupts mainstream humanitarian narratives, which typically frame displaced peoples as passive recipients of aid. In order to challenge…