Broken Borders: Overcoming Personal and Cultural Barriers along the Refugee Route

In this piece, Ufuk Ozturk offers some personal reflections on his experiences working with refugees as a volunteer in Turkey. The following account touches on the roles that language and translation play in enabling not only conversations between cultures, but also insights into one's own personal identity, assumptions and beliefs. Examining such themes, and how … Continue reading Broken Borders: Overcoming Personal and Cultural Barriers along the Refugee Route

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

Space of Refuge: Installation and Symposium

Between 10th - 15th  March, the P21 Gallery in Somers Town, London will be hosting a spatial installation, Space of Refuge, which has emerged out of extensive fieldwork by Samar Maqusi, a PhD student at the Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL), who has also contributed to the Refugee Hosts blog (see here and here). Samar's research in Lebanon and Jordan investigates … Continue reading Space of Refuge: Installation and Symposium

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

Urban Warfare, Resilience and Resistance

Urban Warfare, Resilience and Resistance: Leila Abdelrazaq’s Baddawi (2015) by Dominic Davies, University of Oxford How can different kinds of cultural performance and production reconstruct new forms of social cohesion across cities scarred by physical and psychological boundaries? Comics (often known in an academic context as ‘graphic novels’), are becoming an increasingly popular form through … Continue reading Urban Warfare, Resilience and Resistance