Refugee return, geopolitics and war imaginaries

This presentation was given by Tamirace Fakhoury at the Refugee Hosts International Conference. The presentation explored how Lebanon’s formal and informal actors, namely government agencies, political parties and representatives of local communities, have negotiated on the issue of Syrian refugee return. Refugee return, geopolitics and war imaginaries by Tamirace Fakhoury, Lebanese American University This presentation unpacked … Continue reading Refugee return, geopolitics and war imaginaries

The Borderlines of Empathy

This presentation was given by Bayan Itani at the Refugee Hosts International Conference. The presentation addressed empathy as a common motivation for supporting Syrian refugees. In so doing, it questions the ‘borderlines’ of empathy, and the reasons behind its decline, within the context of people from Syria seeking refuge in Lebanon. The borderlines of empathy by … Continue reading The Borderlines of Empathy

“Who pays you?” Guilt and reservations in producing policy relevant research on refugees

‘Have I been “staring too hard” at my participants’ displacement, neglecting other aspects of their lives?’ In this blog post Wen-Yu Wu reflects on some of the ethical dilemmas and feelings of guilt experienced during her research with displaced Syrian students in Lebanon and Jordan. As a recipient of a ‘Global Challenges’ Scholarship from the … Continue reading “Who pays you?” Guilt and reservations in producing policy relevant research on refugees

“About a War” Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Refugee Hosts present a free film screening of "About a War", a feature documentary that explores violence and social change through the testimonies of ex-fighters from the Lebanese Civil War. The event will include an opportunity to take part in a panel discussion with film Directors, Daniele Rugo and Abi Weaver, and Refugee Hosts Principal Investigator, Prof. Elena … Continue reading “About a War” Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Shadows and Echoes in/of Displacement

Shadows and Echoes in/of Displacement: Temporalities, spatialities and materialities of displacement by Prof. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, Refugee Hosts In line with our project's Spaces and Places not Faces approach to representation, a key question arising in Refugee Hosts is how we can represent, and conceptualise, the 'field-sites' where we are conducting research. Through diverse media - … Continue reading Shadows and Echoes in/of Displacement

Syrian and Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon and the Emergent Realities of Return

For displacement-affected communities, ideas of return rest on a set of hopes and identities that are frustrated by geopolitical realities. In this piece, Helen Adams explores how long-term coping strategies are inhibited by frequently-obstructed relationships to place amongst refugee communities affected by the Syrian crisis in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon. These communities are left to … Continue reading Syrian and Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon and the Emergent Realities of Return

Al-Mustaqbal in the Space of Refuge

Displacement forces refugees to confront restrictions to their mobility, whereby the policies of states and other actors tend to physically limit their access to space. However, as Jude Wafai argues in this piece, this immobility is often combined with challenges that restrict refugee futures too. By exploring how space interacts with temporality in this way, … Continue reading Al-Mustaqbal in the Space of Refuge

How to Overcome Religious Prejudice among Refugees

Religious tensions between diverse refugee communities in Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon present challenges to those affected by displacement, exposing some to faith-based discrimination. In other instances, (perceived) markers of religious identity expose refugees to discrimination, both from state officials, and members of the host community too. However, as Kat Eghdamian (UCL) argues in this piece (originally … Continue reading How to Overcome Religious Prejudice among Refugees

Refugee Neighbours & Hostipitality

Accounting for the roles of local communities is a key aim of our project, and of the 'Localisation of Aid' agenda more broadly. However, as a result of the mainstream narratives that pervade the literature on conflict-induced displacement, efforts to properly engage with the local have been held back by a failure to fully recognise … Continue reading Refugee Neighbours & Hostipitality