Refuge in a Moving World

Tracing refugee and migrant journeys across disciplines

Edited by Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh

ISBN: 9781787353176

Publication: July 17, 2020

What is this?

Refuge in a Moving World draws together more than thirty contributions from multiple disciplines and fields of research and practice to discuss different ways of engaging with, and responding to, migration and displacement.

The volume combines critical reflections on the complexities of conceptualizing processes and experiences of (forced) migration, with detailed analyses of these experiences in contemporary and historical settings from around the world. Through interdisciplinary approaches and methodologies – including participatory research, poetic and spatial interventions, ethnography, theatre, discourse analysis and visual methods – the volume documents the complexities of refugees’ and migrants’ journeys. This includes a particular focus on how people inhabit and negotiate everyday life in cities, towns, camps and informal settlements across the Middle East and North Africa, Southern and Eastern Africa, and Europe.

A key dynamic documented throughout the book is the multiple ways that responses to displacement are enacted by people with personal or family experiences of (forced) migration. These people appear in many roles: researchers, writers and artists, teachers, solidarians, first responders, NGO practitioners, neighbours and/or friends. Through the application of historically and spatially sensitive, intersectional and interdisciplinary lenses, the contributors explore the ways that different people – across axes of religion, sexuality, gender and age – experience and respond to their own situations and to those of other people, in the context of diverse power structures and structural inequalities on the local, national and international level.

Ultimately, Refuge in a Moving World argues that working collaboratively through interdisciplinary approaches and methodologies has the potential to develop nuanced understandings of processes of migration and displacement, and, in turn, to encourage more sustainable modes of responding to our moving world.

Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh is Professor of Migration and Refugee Studies and Co-Director of the Migration Research Unit at UCL, where she is also the Director of the Refuge in a Moving World research network. Her current interdisciplinary research, supported by the AHRC-ESRC, European Research Council and Leverhulme Trust, examines experiences of and responses to displacement in the Middle East. Her books include The Ideal Refugees (2014), The Oxford Handbook of Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (2014), South-South Educational Migration, Humanitarianism and Development (2015), and The Handbook of South-South Relations (2018). She also co-edits the Migration and Society journal.

List of figures and tables
List of abbreviations
List of contributors
Introduction: Refuge in a moving world: Refugee and migrant journeys across disciplines
Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh

Part I: Researching and Conceptualizing Displacement in a Moving World
1. Negotiating research and life spaces: Participatory research approaches with young migrants in the UK
Semhar Haile, Francesca Meloni and Habib Rezaie
2. Voices to be heard? Reflections on refugees, strategic invisibility and the politics of voice
Semhar Haile
3. Stories of migration and belonging
Eva Hoffman and Jonny Steinberg in conversation with Tamar Garb
4. Writing the camp, writing the camp archive: The case of Baddawi refugee camp in Lebanon
Yousif M. Qasmiyeh
5. Making home in limbo: Belgian refugees in Britain during the First World War
Christophe Declercq
6. Exploring practices of hospitality and hostility towards migrants through the making of a documentary film: Insights from research in Lampedusa
Michela Franceschelli and Adele Galipò
7. Mediterranean distinctions: Forced migration, forceful hope and the analytics of desperation
Alice Elliot
8. Does climate change cause migration?
Ilan Kelman

Part II: Responding To Displacement: Advocacy, Aesthetics and Politics in a Moving World
9. We Are Movers: We are towers of strength
We are Movers project team: Amalia Pascal, Aminat Amy North, Ann Oladimeji, Bahati Dan, Becky Ayeni, Claudia Lapping, Debby Kareem, Drucilla Namirembe, Esther O. Odere, Hanna Rettalack, Harriet Ibeneme, Ijeoma, Iman Azzi, Neelam, Nneka, Omoh Juliet, Olushola Owolabi, Promise Enabosi, Patrica Akpapuna, Rachel Benchekroun, Rachel Rosen, Raphaela Armbruster, Sara Joiko Mujica, Tabitha Millet, Theresa Ajagu and Zoline Makosso  
10. Advocacy for LGBTI asylum in the UK: Discourses of distance and proximity
Thibaut Raboin
11. The unintended consequences of expanding migrant-rights protections
Ralph Wilde
12. Visual politics and the ‘refugee’ crisis: The images of Alan Kurdi
Tom Snow
13. Crossing borders, bridging boundaries: Reconstructing the rights of the refugee in comics
Dominic Davies
14. Theatre and/as solidarity: Putting yourself in the shoes of a refugee through performance
Marta Niccolai
15. The empty space: Performing migration at the Good Chance Theatre in Calais
Tom Bailey
16. Care in a refugee camp: A case study of a humanitarian volunteer in Calais
Sarah Crafter and Rachel Rosen
17. The Jungle
Yousif M. Qasmiyeh

Part III: Ongoing Journeys: Safety, Rights and Well-being in a Moving World
18. Palliative prophecy: Yezidi perspectives on their suffering under Islamic State and on their future
Tyler Fisher, Nahro Zagros and Muslih Mustafa
19. Queer Russian asylum seekers in Germany: Worthy refugees and acceptable forms of harm?
Richard C.M. Mole
20. Aspects of loss and coping among internally displaced populations: Towards a psychosocial approach
Maureen Seguin
21. Thriving in the face of severe adversity: Understanding and fostering resilience in children affected by war and displacement
Karolin Krause and Evelyn Sharples
22. Exploring the psychosocial impact of cultural interventions with displaced people
Helen J. Chatterjee, Clelia Clini, Beverley Butler,
Fatima Al-Nammari, Rula Al-Asir and Cornelius Katona

Part IV: Spaces of Encounter and Refuge: Cities and Camps in a Moving World
23. Black Markets: Opaque sites of refuge in Cape Town 
Huda Tayob
24. Learning in and through the long-term refugee camps in the East African Rift 
Nerea Amorós Elorduy
25. The Palestinian scale: Space at the intersection of refuge and host-country policies 
Samar Maqusi
26. Shifting the gaze: Palestinian and Syrian refugees sharing, making and contesting space in Lebanon 
Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh
27. Different shades of ‘neutrality’: Arab Gulf NGO responses to Syrian refugees in northern Lebanon 
Estella Carpi
28. Navigating ambiguous state policies and legal statuses in Turkey: Syrian displacement and migratory horizons 
Charlotte Loris-Rodionoff
29. Exploring in-betweenness: Alice and spaces of contradiction in refuge 
S. Tahmineh Hooshyar Emami
30. The imperfect ethics of hospitality: Engaging with the politics of care and refugees’ dwelling practices in the Italian urban context 
Giovanna Astolfo and Camillo Boano
31. Producing precarity: The ‘hostile environment’ and austerity for Latin Americans in super-diverse London 
Mette Louise Berg
32. Encountering Belgians: How Syrian refugees build bridges over troubled water 
Robin Vandevoordt


Format: Open Access PDF

566 Pages

43 colour illustrations

Copyright: © 2020

ISBN: 9781787353176

Publication: July 17, 2020

Scroll to top