Readings and Soundscapes

Soundscapes:

Hamra – Beirut, Lebanon:

Listen to Hamra, a neighbourhood in Beirut, Lebanon, which has become home to many refugees from Syria.

 

 

For more on this soundscape, read this article by Refugee Hosts Co-Investigator Prof Alastair Ager.


Baddawi Refugee Camp, Lebanon:

In this soundscape, the sounds of Syria in Baddawi refugee camp in Lebanon can be heard neither through the perceptible voices nor the dialects of refugees from Syria, but through the evocative sound of the Syrian coffee-seller, whose presence is announced across the camp’s alleyways through the recognisable clinking of his coffee-cups. Everyday life carries on in the camp, with the high-pitched hum of the electricity generator, and the sound of children playing in the camp’s busy ‘streets’.

 

This second – longer – soundscape offers echoes of everyday life in Baddawi camp, in particular through the overlapping calls to prayer and afternoon conversations on the roof.

 

These soundscapes first featured in Refugee Hosts PI Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh’s introduction to our Representations of Displacement Series.

For more on Baddawi refugee camp, read our collection of pieces, including poems, academic works and photo galleries, here.


Beyoglu – Istanbul, Turkey:

Listen to sounds from Beyoglu in Istanbul, the modern heart of the city and also home to many refugees from Syria.

Sounds from the busy Galata area of Beyoglu, where shoppers and tourists mingle with the call to prayer. 

A refugee youth plays a tune as people pass by along Istiklal street. 

You can read more about the second soundscape, which features a tune played by a young refugee street performer, in this article written by Refugee Hosts Project Coordinator Aydan Greatrick.


Athens, Greece:

In this recording, social encounters and migration can be heard in what Tom Western describes as an example of ‘anthropology in sound’.

 

Take a look at the photo essay that accompanies this recording here.


Readings:

The Camp is the Reject of the Reject Par Excellence

Below you can listen to the Refugee Hosts Writer in Residence Yousif M. Qasmiyeh reading his poem “The Camp is the Reject of the Reject Par Excellence”

 

This poem was originally published by Interruptions: New Perspectives on Migration. Read the original article here or read it on our website here.


Refugees are Dialectical Beings Part One: Writing the Camp-Archive

Below you can listen to the Refugee Hosts Writer in Residence Yousif M. Qasmiyeh reading his poem “Refugees are Dialectical Beings Part One” which is titled: “Writing the Camp-Archive”

 

Listen to part two below. Read Part One here.


Refugees are Dialectical Beings Part Two: Refugees are Dialectical Beings 

Below you can listen to the Refugee Hosts Writer in Residence Yousif M. Qasmiyeh reading his poem “Refugees are Dialectical Beings Part Two” which is titled: “Refugees are Dialectical Beings”

 

Read part two here, and part one here.


A Sudden Utterance is the Stranger

Below you can listen to the Refugee Hosts Writer in Residence Yousif M. Qasmiyeh reading his poem “A Sudden Utterance is the Stranger”.

 

You can read more about the poem here.


Abdulrazak Gurnah: In Conversation

Below you can listen to a talk given by author and critic Abdulrazak Gurnah at UCL on the 20th February 2017. Hosted by the UCL-Institute of Advanced Studies and co-convened by Refuge in a Moving World and UCL African Studies, his talk covers a number of the themes explored by the Refugee Hosts project.


The Camp is Time

Below you can listen to the Refugee Hosts Writer in Residence Yousif M. Qasmiyeh reading his poem “The Camp is Time”.

 

You can read more about the poem here.


Writing the Camp

Below you can listen to the Refugee Hosts Writer in Residence Yousif M. Qasmiyeh reading his poem “Writing the Camp”.

 

Read more about the poem here.

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