UCL Department of Geography


The Politics and Poetics of Local Responses to Displacement

27 November 2019

Refugee Hosts International Conference at UCL

The Politics and Poetics of Local Responses to Displacement

The Refugee Hosts International Conference – Without Exception: The Politics and Poetics of Local Responses to Displacement took place on 24-25th. October 2019, hosted by the UCL Institute of Advanced Studies.

Leading academic and practitioner experts in the fields of migration, displacement and refugee studies took part, including keynote speakers, Professors Homi K. Bhabha (Harvard), Patricia Daley (Oxford), and Sari Hanafi (American University, Beirut).

The Conference was live-streamed in both English and Arabic, and viewed by over 1,500 people online. It is still available to watch:

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The event marked the start of the fourth and final year of the AHRC-ESRC funded Refugee Hosts project, led by UCL Geography’s Professor Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh. This is examining the diverse roles played by local communities, including established refugee communities and local faith communities, in responding to refugees displaced from Syria since 2011.

Participants were encouraged to join Refugee Hosts’ ‘community of conversation’, to debate the dominant humanitarian discourse, including the politics and ethics of knowledge production and current theory and practice in relation to forced migration.

Detailed summaries of the themes, in addition to panellists’ biographies and presentation abstracts are available below:

Find the programme of the event, live-stream videos, and their Arabic translations, on the Refugee Hosts website.

Join the conference conversation on Twitter using the hashtags #RHIC19 and #PoliticsAndPoetics and by tagging @refugeehosts, or by writing a blog for the Refugee Hosts website.

Read more information about blog submissions

Panel-by-panel podcasts and videos will be available soon from the Refugee Hosts website.