How do Christian Iraqi men and women who have sought safety in Turkey conceptualise and narrate their own experiences of displacement and violence, including with regards to processes related to religion? In this review of a collection of stories written by Christian Iraqi refugees, Dr Estella Carpi argues that religion can be instrumentalized within conflict... Continue Reading →
Critical Reflections on ‘Decolonising’ Humanitarianism and Refugee-Related Research – Roundtable Event
On the 4th of July 2022 the Southern Responses to Displacement project hosted a roundtable discussion on ‘Critical reflections on ‘Decolonising’ Humanitarianism and Refugee-Related Research.’ Speakers at the event drew on a range of historical, geographical and epistemological perspectives to collectively explore the future of humanitarian practice and research, including how to go beyond the... Continue Reading →
In search of decoloniality – Practical approaches and pitfalls.
What reflective and practical approaches can researchers begin to adopt to contribute to the decolonialization of humanitarian research and practice in the fields of migration, displacement and refugees? In this blog, the second in a two-part series, Sorcha Daly, Southern Responses to Displacement’s Project and Communications Coordinator, draws mainly on the work of Prof. Fiddian-Qasmiyeh... Continue Reading →
A colonial past and humanitarian present.
Despite continued calls for the decolonisation of humanitarian research and practice, many argue that action to dismantle the colonial legacy of the ‘global North’ in the ‘global South’ is having little impact. In this two part blog piece, Sorcha Daly, Southern Responses to Displacement’s Project and Communications Coordinator, draws largely on Prof. Fiddian-Qasmiyeh’s and Dr... Continue Reading →
The importance of place and language – Syrian, Turkish and Syrian-Turkish encounters in Gaziantep
What influences encounters between refugees and members of their host communities, and how do these encounters change over time? In this post, Sara Al Helali (Southern Responses to Displacement researcher) draws on her interviews with Syrian refugees and local community members in the city of Gaziantep, Turkey, and explores the historical, relational, social and economic processes... Continue Reading →