Sounds from Istiklal, Turkey

How are social processes of marginalisation and agency heard, as well as seen? Below you can listen to a recording of a refugee youth playing a melody on the busy street of Istiklal, Istanbul. Such soundscapes offer ways of analysing the social, economic and political dynamics that characterise spaces inhabited, shared and contested by and … Continue reading Sounds from Istiklal, Turkey

Refugee Livelihoods: Refugee Hosts in Conversation with ODI’s Humanitarian Policy Group

On Wednesday 14 June 2017, Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, PI of the Refugee Hosts project, joined a live TwitterChat with the ODI’s Humanitarian Policy Group and other experts in order to ask: are we doing enough for refugees? This chat was engaged with by over 25,000 people, making for a very exciting, interactive hour. Panelists involved […]

‘Travelling Fear’ in Global Context: Exploring Everyday Dynamics of In/Security and Im/Mobility

By Aydan Greatrick and Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, University College London This piece puts Trump’s recent “Muslim Ban” (and the exceptional responses to it) in context by focusing on the everyday dynamics of in/security and im/mobility that have long framed the lives of refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants from the Middle East and North Africa, including refugees from Syria. … Continue reading ‘Travelling Fear’ in Global Context: Exploring Everyday Dynamics of In/Security and Im/Mobility

The Roles of Performance and Creative Writing Workshops in Refugee-Related Research

By Aydan Greatrick and Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, University College London On the 6 February 2017, Tom Bailey - the 2017 Leverhulme Artist in Residence at UCL Geography’s Migration Research Unit, and founder of the Mechanical Animal Corporation – organised and led a “Refugee Theatre Workshop” at UCL. The workshop drew on his experiences working in ‘the … Continue reading The Roles of Performance and Creative Writing Workshops in Refugee-Related Research

Externalising the ‘Refugee Crisis’: A Consequence of Historical Denial?

Externalising the ‘Refugee Crisis’: A Consequence of Historical Denial? By Aydan Greatrick, University College London The Global North has struggled to respond to the ‘Refugee Crisis’ in coherent and meaningful ways, in part because of policy short-termism that fails to take history seriously. If we are to find better ways of responding to displacement, we … Continue reading Externalising the ‘Refugee Crisis’: A Consequence of Historical Denial?

Photo Gallery: Istanbul

As is the case around the world, most refugees from Syria have been hosted in towns and cities in the global South rather than in isolated refugee camps. The following photos were taken in the Summer of 2016 in the urban context of Istanbul, which has recently become home to between 200,000-400,000 refugees displaced from Syria. … Continue reading Photo Gallery: Istanbul