Conferences

The Impact of Visa Denial in Academia

by Sukaina Ehdeed

When your visa applications to attend academic conferences get routinely denied, you lose any enthusiasm for ever responding to a Call for Abstracts. The whole process becomes a waste of time and effort for yourself as well as your supervisors. The most recent visa rejection I experienced, which was a few weeks after completing my PhD, finally […]

August 27th, 2019|Conferences, Libya|18 Comments|

Why Ethnography is Important for Refugee-related Research

by Sarah A Tobin

In 2002, Michel Agier described his experience conducting research in the Dadaab refugee camp. He described how he entered the camp as a “humanitarian envoy”, with the help of Doctors Without Borders. The local police initially showed Agier around, but a refugee who was a local NGO employee and a translator, escorted him during most of […]

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    Resilience and Relationality: the Agency of Pious Syrian Refugee Women

Resilience and Relationality: the Agency of Pious Syrian Refugee Women

by Umut Ozkaleli

Refugees go through various journeys; some leave the home country with their whole family while others leave by themselves. Some find financial and educational opportunities in the host community while others have very little access to resources that satisfy their basic needs. The growing literature on refugee resilience requires close analysis of the different positionalities that refugees […]

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    Between Vulnerability and Resilience – ‘Refugeeness’ as Political Subjectivity

Between Vulnerability and Resilience – ‘Refugeeness’ as Political Subjectivity

by Jouni Häkli and Kirsi Pauliina Kallio

Due to protracted conflict in Syria, 6.2 million people have been internally displaced and over 5.6 million people have sought refuge abroad. The overwhelming majority of these forcibly displaced people live outside camps, in countries neighbouring Syria, where the dominant discourse about asylum seekers and refugees emphasises their social and economic forms of self-reliance. […]

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    Three Years of the Jordan Compact: The (Gendered) Challenges of Providing Work Permits for Syrian Refugees

Three Years of the Jordan Compact: The (Gendered) Challenges of Providing Work Permits for Syrian Refugees

by Lewis Turner

The Jordan Compact was meant to be a “new paradigm” for a refugee response. In bringing together humanitarian and development approaches, it aimed to turn “the Syrian refugee crisis into a development opportunity” – to provide jobs for Syrian refugees in Jordan and to aid the development of the Jordanian economy, benefiting refugees and host communities alike. […]

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