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…

Contextualising the Localisation of Aid Agenda

READ THE SERIES HERE. Local Communities and Contextualising the Localisation of Aid Agenda Series Introduction by Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, Refugee Hosts PI and UCL In recent years, and especially since the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit, the ‘localisation of aid agenda’ has become prominent in discussions about responses to displacement. This agenda starts by recognising that…

Local Communities and the Localisation of Aid Agenda: Series Introduction

Local Communities and Contextualising the Localisation of Aid Agenda Series Introduction by Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, Refugee Hosts PI and UCL In recent years, and especially since the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit, the ‘localisation of aid agenda’ has become prominent in discussions about responses to displacement. This agenda starts by recognising that ‘local actors’ play key…

New Grant: Religion and the Promotion of Social Justice for Refugees

Religion and the Promotion of Social Justice for Refugees The Refugee Hosts team is honoured to have been awarded a Bridging Voices grant by the British Council-USA (generously funded by The Henry Luce Foundation) in collaboration with four US-based colleagues affiliated with the Program on Refugees, Forced Displacement, and Humanitarian Responses at Yale University. Led by…

Stelle (Stars)

This and the following poem describe a trivial yet emotionally charged object: the thermo-blanket distributed to migrants in emergency situations. Is the thermo-blanket a sign of our welcome or the symptom of a tendency to cover and make ourselves blind to what is difficult to see? Through the simple yet powerful image of the blanket,…

Paese (Country)

How can poetry, creative writing and translation unearth and represent experiences of displacement?  In this poem – the first of two pieces by Giulia Balestra of REFUNITE which will feature on Refugee Hosts’ Representations of Displacement series – Giulia offers a reflection on belonging and positionality, with an English translation sitting alongside the original Italian. Through reflecting…

Representations of Displacement Series

Blog-series introduction by Dr. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, Refugee Hosts PI, UCL  A year after the AHRC-ESRC funded Refugee Hosts research project was officially launched, we are introducing this new blog series which aims to offer critical and creative insights into the politics, ethics, poetics and aesthetics of representations of displacement. READ THE SERIES HERE. Disrupting Humanitarian…

Migration and Society: Announcing New Journal

We are pleased to announce that Migration and Society – a new interdisciplinary journal committed to critical research that situates migration in a wider societal, historical and geographical context – has just been launched by Dr. Mette Berg (UCL) and Refugee Hosts’ PI, Dr. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh. For the journal’s inaugural issue in 2018, the key theme will be ‘Hospitality…