Displacement and Return

The Displacement and Return series features blog posts from the Politics of Return and Trajectories of Displacement projects, based at the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa at LSE and funded by the ESRC/AHRC.

Follow all updates on the project on Twitter and Instagram through the hashtag #LSEreturn.

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    Refugees in northern Uganda now have ‘democracy’, but no authority

Refugees in northern Uganda now have ‘democracy’, but no authority

In the wake of a democratic election in northern Uganda’s Palabek Refugee camp, Charles Ogeno and Ryan O’Byrne interrogate what this new ‘refugee governance’ really means for those governed by it.

This article is part of our #LSEReturn series, exploring themes around Displacement and Return.

Refugees and elections

Refugee camps have a bad reputation. Their portrayal is often one-dimensional and dehumanising. They are […]

Communicating Academic Research Through Art #LSEReturn

Gloria Kiconco explores the multiplicity of what it means for displaced people and refugees to return home.

This article is part of our #LSEReturn series, exploring themes around Displacement and Return.

I am a Ugandan writer; specifically a poet, essayist, and an arts and culture journalist.

Here is where I join the Politics of Return research project.

It is a few minutes past midday […]

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Matthew Lukwiya’s portrait is on the TAKS Centre wall in the background.
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    TAKS Centre in Gulu: From Bastion of the Colonial Establishment to Acholi Cultural Hub

TAKS Centre in Gulu: From Bastion of the Colonial Establishment to Acholi Cultural Hub

By exploring the history of the TAKS Community Arts Centre in Gulu, Morris Omara and Tim Allen unveil the role of art in the healing process following the trauma of a two-decade-long civil war in northern Uganda.

This article is part of our #LSEReturn series, exploring themes around Displacement and Return.

The colonial clubhouse in Gulu, northern Uganda, still stands. Back in […]

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    ‘I will not be just average’ – How football took Aloh Francis from Uganda’s warzone to Vietnam and back

‘I will not be just average’ – How football took Aloh Francis from Uganda’s warzone to Vietnam and back

Madeleine Issitt narrates how Aloh Francis emerged from conflict-affected northern Uganda to develop a football career that took him to Vietnam.

This article is part of our #LSEReturn series, exploring themes around Displacement and Return.

More than half a century ago, six footballers from the Acholi region of northern Uganda were selected to play in the Ugandan national football team that travelled […]

Using Art to Address Social Problems #LSEReturn

Ife Piankhi details how she has been inspired by the methods of the artists participating in the Politics of Return artist residency.

This article is part of our #LSEReturn series, exploring themes around Displacement and Return.

The artist residency at 32 Degrees East in Kampala aims to explore the dynamics of how asylum seekers, internally-displaced people and refugees return home.

As Professor Tim […]

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    Cohabitation and the Prospects for a Central African Return: The Case of Inke (DRC)

Cohabitation and the Prospects for a Central African Return: The Case of Inke (DRC)

Using the example of the village of Inke in Democratic Republic of Congo, Aaron Pangburn and José Ndala provide insight into how an inclusive approach and the support of host communities can improve the lives of displaced.

This article is part of our #LSEReturn series, exploring themes around Displacement and Return.

For the last five years, Inke, a small village, forty kilometres outside […]

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    Broadening the scope of scholarly research on the repatriation of refugees is a necessity #LSEreturn

Broadening the scope of scholarly research on the repatriation of refugees is a necessity #LSEreturn

Almost twenty years on from the decade of voluntary repatriation, Jolien Tegenbos and Koen Vlassenroot explore how scholarly understanding of the process of ‘return’ has evolved and how it has largely been determined by policy priorities.

This article is part of our #LSEReturn series, exploring themes around Displacement and Return.

Every minute, 20 people are displaced worldwide. The most popular and internationally […]

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    The in-between of being a civilian and combatant – circular return in eastern DR Congo #LSEReturn

The in-between of being a civilian and combatant – circular return in eastern DR Congo #LSEReturn

Koen Vlassenroot, Emery Mudinga and Josaphat Musamba Bussy tackle the complexities around the remobilisation of armed combatants following conflict and introduce new ways to look at it.

 

This article is part of our #LSEReturn series, exploring themes around Displacement and Return.

In this article, we introduce the notion of circular return to explain the permanent state of mobility between civilian and combatant life […]

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    Creating the right dynamic among our resident artists to curate impact in #LSEreturn

Creating the right dynamic among our resident artists to curate impact in #LSEreturn

In October 2017, Kara Blackmore explored the vital role art can play in developing and disseminating research to a variety of audiences and unveiled how researchers on the Politics of Return project and artists selected through the 32º East residency would dialogue to create outputs on the issues presented. In this blogpost, Kara Blackmore and Nikissi Serumaga describe the process of […]

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    DDR and Return in the DRC – A Foolish Investment or Necessary Risk?

DDR and Return in the DRC – A Foolish Investment or Necessary Risk?

Tatiana Carayannis and Aaron Pangburn argue that it is time to rethink Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration programs in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

This article is part of our #LSEReturn series, exploring themes around Displacement and Return.

After numerous cycles of violence, ceasefires, and peace deals, thousands of Congolese former rebels have demobilised, disarmed, and tried to return to their communities of […]

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