Prof. Fiddian-Qasmiyeh presents at Yale on ‘Refugee-led Responses to Overlapping Precarity: Views from North Lebanon’

In this seminar, which is part the Yale PRFDHR Spring 2021 Virtual Seminar Series, Prof. Fiddian-Qasmiyeh traces the different ways that residents of Baddawi refugee camp in North Lebanon have been affected by COVID-19 since March 2020, and how they have been responding to protect themselves and other conflict-affected people in the midst of the pandemic.

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Responses by residents of Baddawi camp include processes that resonate with a long history of refugee-led mutual aid initiatives which Prof. Fiddian-Qasmiyeh has explored further here and here. In this context, focusing on the responses developed both by and for Palestinian and non-Palestinian residents highlights the importance of relationality.

By delineating the rapidly developing situation in Baddawi camp since March 2020, Prof. Fiddian-Qasmiyeh argues that it is critical that we consider the significance of relationality when discussing refugee-led responses and how such initiatives relate simultaneously to 1) the politics of the self and the other, 2) to politically-produced precarity, and 3) multiscalar systems that undermine the potential for solidarity in times of overlapping precarities.

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To read more articles by Prof. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh on refugee-led humanitarianism, see the recommended readings below:

Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. (2020) ‘Refugee-led responses in the time of Covid-19: Preliminary reflections from North Lebanon,’ Refugee Hosts, April 2020.

Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. (2020) ‘Responding to Precarity in Baddawi Camp in the Era of Covid-19,’ Journal of Palestine Studies, 49 (4) pp. 27-35. 

Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. (2018) Histories and spaces of Southern-led responses to displacement

Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. (2018) Refugee-Refugee Humanitarianism

Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. (2018) Localisation of Aid and Southern-led Responses to Displacement: Beyond instrumentalising local actors.

Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. (2016) Refugees Hosting Refugees

Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. (2016) Refugee-Refugee Relationality: Hospitality And ‘Being With’ Refugees

Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. (2016) ‘Refugee-Refugee Relations in Contexts of Overlapping Displacement,’ International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Spotlight On “The Urban Refugee ‘Crisis’”

Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. (2016) ‘Refugees hosting refugees,’ Forced Migration Review, September 2016

Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. (2015) ‘Refugees helping refugees: how a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon is welcoming Syrians,’ The Conversation, 4 November 2015.

Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh and Yousif M. Qasmiyeh (2020) ‘Refugees’ Pandemic Responses in a Palestinian Camp in Lebanon,’ Current History, 119 (821): 349–355. 

Fiddian-Qasmiyeh and Qasmiyeh, Y.M. (2018) Refugee Neighbours & Hospitality

Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. and Qasmiyeh, Y.M. (2017) ‘Refugee-Refugee Solidarity in Death and Dying,’ 2017 Venice Bienalle Tunisian Pavillion: The Absence of Paths, May 2017.

Featured image: Baddawi Camp, N. Lebanon. (c) E. Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, 2017

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