Refuge in a Moving World
Tracing refugee and migrant journeys across disciplines
Edited by Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh
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.
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
Format: Open Access PDF
43 colour illustrations
Copyright: © 2020
Publication: July 17, 2020