Yousif M. Qasmiyeh at the IASFM18 Conference

Refugee Hosts' writer-in-residence, Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, will read from his acclaimed poetry collection, 'Writing the Camp,' in conversation with Prof. Heaven Crawley, at the IASFM18 Conference 'Disrupting Theory, Unsettling Practice: Towards Transformative Forced Migration Scholarship and Policy.' 'Writing the Camp' is an essential collection drawn from Yousif's experience of the Baddawi refugee camp in Lebanon.…

Prof. Fiddian-Qasmiyeh & Yousif M. Qasmiyeh speak at Refugee Week ‘ReConnect’ Event

On Friday the 18th of June 2021, from 2pm - 5pm (GMT), Refugee Hosts' PI, Prof. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh and writer-in-residence, Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, spoke at the ReConnect event 'Supporting Refugees into Higher Education'. Yousif M Qasmiyeh read from his acclaimed collection of poetry 'Writing the Camp' and Prof. Fiddian-Qasmiyeh critically discussed the notion of “voice”…

“Writing the Camp” – Yousif M. Qasmiyeh’s new poetry collection named The Poetry Book Society’s Spring 2021 Recommendation

We are delighted to announce that Refugee Hosts' writer-in-residence Yousif M. Qasmiyeh's poetry collection, "Writing the Camp", will be released on the 28th February 2021 (published by Broken Sleep Books), and has been selected as The Poetry Book Society’s Spring 2021 Recommendation. The collection is available to pre-order here. Praise for Writing the Camp: “Yousif M.…

From Home to Home

This poem is written by Prof. Ilan Kelman, inspired by the recently published Refuge in a Moving World Open Access volume edited by Refugee Hosts PI Prof. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh. Ilan's chapter in the book, “Does climate change cause migration?” (pp. 123 - 133) examines if climate change has a direct and causative affect on forced migration, or…

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?…

With a third eye, I see the catastrophe

With a third eye, I see the catastrophe By Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, University of Oxford and Refugee Hosts  [I write the secret]. On the doorstep, finding her way to the seeds that escaped her lap: Like the one who read the book, Son, read my swollen legs, another’s land. The camp happens in the distance.…

‘Refugees ask Refugees: The Poetics of Displacement’ – Prof. Lyndsey Stonebridge’s guest talk at Bard College, Berlin

On the 16th of March 2020, Refugee Hosts' Co-I Prof. Lyndsey Stonebridge will offer a guest talk at Bard College, Berlin, titled 'Refugees ask Refugees: The Poetics of Displacement'. The talk will draw on the Refugee Hosts project, including the writing of Refugee Hosts' writer-in-residence, Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, whose poetic lines in 'Writing the Camp. Vis-à-vis…

New Book: Refugee Imaginaries: Research Across Humanities

Refugee Imaginaries: Research Across the Humanities ‘explores how refugees imagine the world and how the world imagines them.’ Through a collection of over 30 chapters, co-edited by Refugee Hosts Co-Investigator Prof. Lyndsey Stonebridge, and written by experts from a range of disciplines, the book places ‘refugee imaginaries at the centre of interdisciplinary exchange’ and ‘demonstrates…

Yousif M. Qasmiyeh’s poetry in Odyssey: Words and Music of Finding Home

We are very pleased to announce that two new poems, 'A Soliloquy before Time' and 'Time,' by Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, Refugee Hosts' writer-in-residence, will feature in Odyssey: Words and Music of Finding Home, a narrative recital by the award-winning actor Christopher Kent and pianist Gamal Khamis. You can watch the live stream of the recital performed on Friday…

There it is: the camp that is yet to be born

There it is: the camp that is yet to be born by Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, Oxford University and Refugee Hosts There it is: the camp that is yet to be born. The camp’s existence will always be on a par with time in the superfluity of tenses. I do not know how the archive can…