The Camp is Time

The Camp is Time by Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, University of Oxford I Who writes the camp and what is it that ought to be written in a time where the plurality of lives has traversed the place itself to become its own time. II How will the camp stare at itself in the coming time,…

Syrian Refugees in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon Face an Uncertain 2017

Syrian Refugees in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon Face an Uncertain 2017 By Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, University College London As 2016 drew to a bloody close in Syria and the government took back control over eastern Aleppo, over 4.8m Syrian refugees continued to seek safety and a means of living a dignified life across the Middle East. There…

Photo Gallery: Burj el-Barajneh Camp

Photo Gallery: Burj el-Barajneh Camp, Lebanon (established in 1950) By Samar Maqusi, University College London Since the Syrian conflict erupted, Lebanon has experienced a large influx of Syrian refugees (circa 1.5 million people), as well as Palestinian refugees from Syria. Unlike Jordan and Turkey, Lebanon refused to build official refugee camps for Syrian refugees. This…

Photo Gallery: Baqa’a Camp

Photo Gallery: Baqa'a Camp, Jordan By Samar Maqusi, University College London Baqa’a camp in Jordan is one of six emergency camps established in 1968 to shelter Palestinian refugees fleeing the 1967 Arab-Israeli war; when first established, it sheltered around 18,000 refugees, on an area of 1.4 km2; this makes it the largest camp in Jordan. Today,…

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…

Writing the Camp

Vis-à-vis or a Camp by Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, University of Oxford “To experience is to advance by navigating, to walk by traversing.” Derrida, Points..., p.373 I What makes a camp a camp? And what is the beginning of a camp if there is any? And do camps exist in order to die or exist forever?…

Photo Gallery: Baddawi Camp

It is often assumed that refugees are vulnerable and passive people who are dependent upon the assistance provided by states, NGOs and citizens. In contrast, my on-going research is examining how established Palestinian refugees and their refugee camp homes are adapting and responding to the arrival of thousands of refugees from Syria. Amongst other things, this demonstrates the agency of refugees as both recipients and providers of support in complex displacement contexts.