Radio and On Screen

Refugee Hosts’ writer in residence, Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, at Migrant Knowledge, Early Modern and Beyond: an event at the Crossroads.

This event brought together scholars, artists and activists to think about migration and what it does with, and to, knowledge.  The video features Yousif M. Qasmiyeh discussing his writing and reading an extract from his poem, ‘Thresholds.’

Prof Lyndsey Stonebridge on Thinking Allowed – BBC Radio 4

Prof. Stonebridge discusses her new book, ‘Placeless People’, Writing, Rights and Refugees’  which examines how writers and political thinkers understood and wrote about refugees.  The book traces their work from the mid 20th century to the present day, starting on the German/Czech border and ending in Baddawi refugee camp, a key research site for the Refugee Hosts’ project. The book also includes critical reflections on the poetry of Refugee Hosts’ writer-in-residence, Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, whose work you can read here.

Dr Anna Rowlands on BBC Radio 4’s “Immigration & Religion: A Sunday Programme Special”

In her contribution to this BBC Radio 4 programme, Dr. Rowlands discusses the impact of immigration on public and political debate and argues that, with regard to current attitudes and responses to migration, we are paying the price for a political environment that has failed to pay attention to a range of cultural, economic and political questions. Anna discusses these questions in addition to drawing on her experiences of faith communities in the North of England that, within the context of immigration, can become spaces of encounter, where the plurality of interpretations of religious text and experiences, particularly during migrant journeys, can lead to the emergence of new faith practices, valuable to host and migrant communities alike.

Bridging Voices – Religion and Social Justice for Refugees

Listen to the Bridging Voices Religion and Social Justice for Refugee’s PIs discuss British Council USA research that we are contributing to via Refugee Hosts.

‘Welcoming Refugees. The Role of Religion’ Conference – Key note speech and interview.

On 12th October 2018, Refugee Hosts PI Prof. Fiddian-Qasmiyeh provided the keynote lecture: “From the Local to the Global: The Roles of Local Faith Communities in Refugee Situations in the Global South”, and was interviewed at the ‘Welcoming Refugees: The role of religion’ conference organised by the Department of Ethics, Law and Politics at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity.

The 2018 anniversary symposium of the Center for the Study of Social Difference (CSSD), What We CAN Do When There’s Nothing To Be Done. 10 years of CSSD

In September 2018 Prof. Lyndsey Stonebridge represented Refugee Hosts at the Centre for the Study of Social Difference anniversary symposium and (from min. 14″) discussed two creative pieces that demonstrate the ‘necessary but enforced neighbourliness’ of displaced communities in Lebanon; Yousif M. Qasmiyeh’s poem ‘Writing the Camp’ and Marwa Abu Khalil’s film ‘Witwet’.

BBC Radio 4: In Our Time – Hannah Arendt


2 February 2017, BBC Radio 4 In Our Time – London: Prof. Lyndsey Stonebridge discusses the political philosophy of Hannah Arendt alongside Melvyn Bragg, Frisbee Sheffield and Robert Eagleton. Read more about her appearance here.

Listen to the episode here.

Faith, Secularism and Humanitarian Engagement

12 December 2016, Columbia University, New York NY: Prof. Alastair Ager discusses his research into the tensions between secularism and faith in humanitarian engagements. The ideas discussed in this talk are drawn from Alastair’s book Faith, Secularism and Humanitarian Engagement: Finding the Place of Religion in the Support of Displaced Peoples.

Hospitality and Hostility: The Role of Established Refugees in a Crisis

1 November 2016, UCL Lunchtime Lectures – London: Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh discusses her research into displacement, and the important but often overlooked role established refugees are playing in responding to conflict-induced displacement from Syria.