Refugee Hosts International Conference – Without Exception: The Politics and Poetics of Local Responses To Displacement

The Refugee Hosts project is pleased to announce this two day conference, bringing together key academics, practitioners, creatives and experts in the fields of migration, displacement and refugees, to challenge, inform and debate dominant humanitarian discourse, the politics and ethics of knowledge production, and current theory and practice in relation to forced migration. When:  24th…

Refugee Hosts and Yale: Religion and the Promotion of Social Justice for Refugees

On Friday 10th May, the Refugee Hosts’ team is co-convening a workshop with colleagues from Yale, bringing our Refugee Hosts research in Lebanon and Jordan into conversation with research conducted by our Yale colleagues in Cameroon, Greece, Malaysia and Mexico as part of our British Council-funded Bridging Voices project. Jointly led by Refugee Hosts PI, Prof. Elena…

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 –…

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…

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…

Translation, Poetry and Displacement

Panoramas of Death and Desolation In this piece, Refugee Hosts Writer in Residence Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, in collaboration with theOxford Student PEN group, translates the poetry of Syrian poet Rasha Omran from Arabic into English as part of a process of ‘poetic solidarity’ Writing the Camp Read and listen to a recording of Yousif M. Qasmiyeh’s poem, in which…

Archives of Resistance: Cosmopolitanism, Memory and World Literature

Refugee Hosts Co-I Professor Lyndsey Stonebridge and Writer in Residence Yousif M. Qasmiyeh will present insights from the Refugee Hosts project at the forthcoming conference “Archives of Resistance: Cosmopolitanism, Memory and World Literature” at University of Leeds, 20-22 June 2018. On 20 June, from 17-00-18:00, Lyndsey will deliver the keynote lecture, entitled “Hannah Arendt in…