Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh invited speaker at 2017 UNHCR High Commissioner’s Dialogue on Protection Challenges, Geneva

On Tuesday 12 December, Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh was invited to present insights from her research at the UNHCR High Commissioner's Dialogue on Protection Challenges. As one of four panelists discussing ‘Reception and Admission’, she spoke alongside H.E. Ambassador Mr. Boudjemâa Delm (Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Algeria to the United Nations), H.E. Ambassador Antje Leendertse (Ambassador … Continue reading Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh invited speaker at 2017 UNHCR High Commissioner’s Dialogue on Protection Challenges, Geneva

Photographing Religion and Displacement: UNHCR’s 30 Days of Faith

Introductory reflections by Prof Alastair Ager, Refugee Hosts Co-I (Queen Margaret University) and Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, Refugee Hosts PI (UCL) Humanitarianism is marked by a commitment to principles of impartiality and neutrality. Agencies have often shied away from engagement with religion and its role in the lives of refugees for fear of compromising these principles. However, religion is not just … Continue reading Photographing Religion and Displacement: UNHCR’s 30 Days of Faith

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

Invisible (at) Night: space, time and photography in a refugee camp

by Dr. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, UCL and PI of Refugee Hosts Invisible (at) night: space, time and photography in a refugee camp If our perceptions of refugees’ experiences of displacement were based on photographs produced and disseminated by the UN, NGOs and the media, we could be forgiven for assuming that refugees’ daytimes are either seemingly … Continue reading Invisible (at) Night: space, time and photography in a refugee camp

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 […]

Seeking Evidence to Provide Protection: How Can Local Faith Communities Support Refugees?

We need more nuanced evidence to help policymakers and practitioners better understand the roles that faith-based actors already play, and have the potential to play, in supporting refugees and forced migrants. Summarising existing evidence and key remaining questions presented in a policy note issued by our project partner the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & … Continue reading Seeking Evidence to Provide Protection: How Can Local Faith Communities Support Refugees?

Refugee-Refugee Solidarity in Death and Dying

Exhibited as part of the 2017 Venice Biennale, Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh (Refugee Hosts' PI) and Yousif M. Qasmiyeh (Refugee Hosts' Writer in Residence) were commissioned to co-author this photo-essay for the Tunisian Pavillion's exhibition space, The Absence of Paths. You can see the original publication on The Absence of Paths here, and read Yousif's poem, 'In arrival, feet flutter … Continue reading Refugee-Refugee Solidarity in Death and Dying

CfP: Hospitality and Hostility Towards Migrants: Global Perspectives

We are pleased to share this call for papers on behalf of Dr. Mette Berg (UCL) and Dr. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh (PI of Refugee Hosts), who are the editors of the new journal, Migration and Society. This new interdisciplinary journal is committed to critical research that situates migration in a wider societal, historical and geographical context, and for … Continue reading CfP: Hospitality and Hostility Towards Migrants: Global Perspectives

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 … Continue reading Migration and Society: Announcing New Journal