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

Athens and the Struggle for a Mobile Commons

In this piece, Tahir Zaman reflects on how new models of citizenship are up-ending the myopia of state-centric responses to displacement. In Athens, a 'mobile commons' is opening up, defined by sharing, solidarity and resistance to a state whose priorities reflect more the interests of international capital than the needs of both refugees and hosts … Continue reading Athens and the Struggle for a Mobile Commons

Alice’s Alternative Wonderland: Chapter Three

READ CHAPTER ONE AND TWO.  This is the final part of Tahmineh Hooshyar Emami‘s three part re-imagination of the classic children’s story Alice in Wonderland, told from the perspective of Alice the refugee. In this chapter, we learn what has happened to Alice after her journey across the Aegean: this is a moment of confusion and im/mobility. Tahmineh’s piece demonstrates … Continue reading Alice’s Alternative Wonderland: Chapter Three

‘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

Photo Gallery: Camps, Traces and Communities in Transit

Taken during the summer of 2016, these photographs capture the dual processes of mobility and immobility experienced by thousands of refugees as they have sought safety in, from, and through a range of spaces in Turkey and Greece. From the makeshift camps near Adana, to individual, familial and collective preparations to cross the Aegean Sea … Continue reading Photo Gallery: Camps, Traces and Communities in Transit

Photo Gallery: Communities-in-Becoming

As individuals and families make their journeys across land and sea, they encounter diverse communities - communities of welcome, hostility, ambivalence - and also become parts of communities in transit, or even communities-in-becoming. These photographs were taken in and around the abandoned construction site of a five star holiday resort near Cesme/Izmir (Turkey). In the background … Continue reading Photo Gallery: Communities-in-Becoming