“To embroider the voice with its own needle”

Marking the launch of the inaugural issue of the Migration and Society journal, in this piece Yousif M. Qasmiyeh (Refugee Hosts' Writer in Residence and Creative Encounters Editor of the new journal) sets out one of the aims of the journals' Creative Encounters section; to problematise the notion of voice. The piece also presents five poems … Continue reading “To embroider the voice with its own needle”

Mobility, Hope and the ‘Appropriation’ of Space: Reflections from a PhotoVoice Project

Typically, photographs of and about displaced peoples focus on individual suffering victims, acts of individualised resilience, or tropes that resonate with the wider genre of humanitarian narratives. As a result, the Refugee Hosts project has adopted what Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh has termed a "Spaces and Places, Not Faces" approach to refugee-photography. As Michelle Lokot explores in … Continue reading Mobility, Hope and the ‘Appropriation’ of Space: Reflections from a PhotoVoice Project

Giving Refugees a Voice? Looking Beyond ‘Refugee Stories’ 

How does UNHCR narrate refugee stories through its official media? In this piece, Leonie Harsch adopts a critical approach, and builds on a number of important arguments put forward by researchers, to argue that the telling of 'refugee stories' by humanitarian organisations can sometimes result in exclusionary outcomes - this is especially the case when individual … Continue reading Giving Refugees a Voice? Looking Beyond ‘Refugee Stories’ 

Despair

This piece, which is a re-posting from The Oxonion Review, continues our focus on literary translation and displacement. It is the second instalment of our Translation, Poetry and Displacement Series: you can read the other instalments by following the link at the bottom of this page.  In this piece, Refugee Hosts Writer in Residence Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, in collaboration with … Continue reading Despair

Time Machine: Stereoscopic Views from Palestine, 1900

This March, the Middle East Studies department at Brown University, Rhode Island is hosting an exhibition - Time Machine: Stereoscopic Views from Palestine, 1900 - that invites spectators to become time travellers. Drawing on 100 images taken in 1900 of Palestine and the surrounding 'Holy Land', the collection - curated by Ariella Azoulay and Issam Nassar … Continue reading Time Machine: Stereoscopic Views from Palestine, 1900

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

The Roles of Performance and Creative Writing Workshops in Refugee-Related Research

By Aydan Greatrick and Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, University College London On the 6 February 2017, Tom Bailey - the 2017 Leverhulme Artist in Residence at UCL Geography’s Migration Research Unit, and founder of the Mechanical Animal Corporation – organised and led a “Refugee Theatre Workshop” at UCL. The workshop drew on his experiences working in ‘the … Continue reading The Roles of Performance and Creative Writing Workshops in Refugee-Related Research

Q&A with Yousif M. Qasmiyeh

In this piece, which is a re-posting from the Asymptote blog, Theophilus Kwek interviews the Refugee Hosts writer in residence Yousif M. Qasmiyeh about his work, and the themes of displacement, exile and belonging that inform his poetry and writing. Read Yousif's poetry for the Refugee Hosts project here.  Q&A with Yousif M. Qasmiyeh  By … Continue reading Q&A with Yousif M. Qasmiyeh

Abdulrazak Gurnah In Conversation

On 20 February, UCL's Institute of Advanced Studies hosted renowned novelist and critic Prof. Abdulrazak Gurnah to explore the roles of narration and storytelling in the context of migration and displacement (a key theme for our Refugee Hosts project). Abdulrazak Gurnah’s novels – including Memories of Departure (1987), Pilgrims Way (1988), Dottie (1990), Paradise (1994), Admiring Silence (1996), … Continue reading Abdulrazak Gurnah In Conversation

Alice’s Alternative Wonderland: Chapter One

In this piece, the first of three chapters, Tahmineh Hooshyar Emami takes us down the Rabbit Hole in a re-imagination of the classic children's story Alice in Wonderland, told this time from the perspective of Alice the refugee. Torn from her homeland by conflict and war, Alice embarks on the long journey across Europe. This is … Continue reading Alice’s Alternative Wonderland: Chapter One