The Bomb Shelter

The Bomb Shelter by Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, University of Oxford, Refugee Hosts, and Imagining Futures The bomb shelter: The camp’s alibi for a presence susceptible to its presence The private parts of the dead, circumcised with hindsight Guts as road signs                                          Or a map Ruins summoning ruins             Ruins fornicating ruins In rows, they ululated. The bomb shelter?…

Art and Reconciliation Symposium

Refugee Host's Principal Investigator, Prof. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, will be speaking at the Art and Reconciliation symposium, to discuss interdisciplinarity and multiple perspectives in the study of responses to conflict induced displacement.  The event takes place at Kings College, London, on the 29th November 2018.  Book your place here.     Featured image:  (c) E. Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, 2018

Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh gives Keynote Address at ODI Disasters Research Conference

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9NOcrcn68U On 14 September, Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, Refugee Hosts PI, was invited to deliver the keynote address at the recent ODI Disasters Conference, which celebrated the 40th Anniversary of the renowned Disasters journal. Her keynote (which you can listen to/see by clicking above) addressed key approaches and lenses that have enhanced our understanding in contemporary…

Yousif M. Qasmiyeh’s Poetry to be Exhibited at Jenny Holzer’s ‘On War’ Light Projection Show, Blenheim Palace

SOFTER: Jenny Holzer at Blenheim Palace (28 September – 31 December 2017) The poetry of Refugee Hosts' Writer in Residence Yousif M. Qasmiyeh will feature in a forthcoming exhibition by American artist Jenny Holzer. Yousif's work, which you can read more of here, will be projected across the facade of Blenheim Palace as part of a…

The Kindness of Strangers: The Challenges and Rewards of Opening Your Home to Refugees

In this piece, which is a reposting from The Sunday Herald (originally published 18 June 2017), Professor Alison Phipps of the University of Glasgow reflects on her experiences hosting her former host in Glasgow, a refugee displaced by conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa. It is a fascinating example of guest-host reciprocity, something we are exploring in…

Visualising Faith, Trauma and Conflict Through Art: The Work of Marcello Silvestri

By Marcello Silvestri In a fast-paced world saturated by flashy images and by the monotonous black and white colour of the written words of experts or pseudo experts, I have opted to pause and stay away from the frantic international travel and glamour of my early career. I like to observe and meditate and then…

Panoramas of Death and Desolation

This piece, which is a re-posting from The Oxonion Review, continues our focus on literary translation and displacement. It is the first instalment of our Translation, Poetry and Displacement Series: you can read the other instalments by following the link at the bottom of this page.  In this piece, Refugee Hosts Writer in Residence Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, in collaboration with…

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