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Prof. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh

Prof. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh’s  recent pieces on Southern-led responses to displacement, refugees in the Middle East and North Africa, ‘refugee-refugee humanitarianism’, faith-based humanitarianism and South-South relations more broadly, include:

Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. (2020) Responding to Precarity in Baddawi Camp in the Era of Covid-19. Journal of Palestine Studies (Available August 2020)

Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, Berg, M and Waters, J. (eds) (2020) Special Issue on ‘Recentering the South in Studies of MigrationMigration and Society, Issue 3. 

Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. (2020) ‘Recentering the South in Studies of Migration,’ Introduction to the Special Issue, Migration and Society, 3(1): 1-18. 

Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. with J. Fiori (2020) ‘Migration, Humanitarianism and the Politics of Knowledge,’ Migration and Society, 3(1): 180-189 

Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. with F. Carella (2020) ‘The Position of “the South” and “South-South migration” in Policy and Programmatic Responses to Different Forms of Migration,‘ Migration and Society, 3(1) 203-212 

Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. (2020) “Shifting the Gaze: Palestinian and Syrian refugees sharing and contesting space in Lebanon,” in Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E (ed) Refuge in a Moving World:  Refugee and migrant journeys across disciplines, London, UCL Press. 

Carpi, E. and Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. (2020) “A Sociology of Knowledge on Humanitarianism and Displacement: The cases of Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Turkey,” in Salvatore, A., Hanafi, S. and Obuse, K. (eds) The Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of the Middle East, Oxford: Oxford University Press. (to be published)

Carpi, E. and Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. (2020) “Keeping the Faith? Examining the roles of faith and secularism in “Syrian Diaspora Organisations” in Lebanon,” in Dijkzeul, D. and Fauser, M. (eds) Diaspora Organisations in International Affairs, Oxford: Routledge.

Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. (2019) ‘The Changing Faces of UNRWA: From the global to the local,‘ Journal of Humanitarian Affairs, 1(1) (Open Access)

Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. (2019) ‘Looking Forward: Disasters at 40,’ Disasters, 43(S1):S36-S60 (Open Access here).

Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. (2019) “Memories and Meanings of Camps (and more than camps),” in Farrier, D., Woolley, A., Stonebridge, L., Durrant, S. and Cox, E. (eds) Refugee Imaginaries: Contemporary Research Across the Humanities.  Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. 

Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. and Pacitto, J. (2019) “Southern-led Faith-Based Humanitarian Responses to Displacement: Insights for the Global North”, in Schewel, B. and Wilson, E (eds.) Religion and European Society: A Primer. Oxford: Wiley.

Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. and Daley, P. (eds.) (2018) Routledge Handbook of South-South Relations. London: Routledge.

Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. (2018) ‘Southern-led Responses to Displacement: Modes of South-South cooperation?,’ in Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. and Daley, P. (Eds) Handbook of South-South Relations, Routledge, Chapter 18.

Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. and Daley, P. (2018) ‘Conceptualising the South and South-South Encounters’ in Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. and Daley, P. (Eds) Handbook of South-South Relations, Routledge, Chapter 1.

Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. and Pacitto, J. (2018) “Southern-led faith-based responses to refugees: Insights for the global North,” in Schewel, B. and Wilson, E. (eds) Religion and European Society, Oxford: Wiley. 

Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E., Lewis, C. and Cole, G (2017) “‘Faithing’ Gender and Responses to Violence in Refugee Communities: Insights from the Sahrawi Refugee Camps and the Democratic Republic of Congo,” in Krause, U. and Buckley-Zistel, S. (eds) Gender, Violence, Refugees. Oxford: Berghahn Books.

Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. (2015 and 2017) South-South Educational Migration, Humanitarianism and Development: Views from Cuba, North Africa and the Middle East. Oxford: Routledge. *published in paperback in 2017*

Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. (2017) ‘Syrian refugees in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon face an uncertain 2017,’ The Conversation, 4 Jan. 2017.

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.

Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. (2016) ‘Repressentations of Displacement in the Middle East,’ Public Culture, 28(3).

Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. (2016)  ‘Palestinian and Syrian Refugees in Lebanon: Sharing Space, Electricity and the Sky,’ Refugee History, 21 Dec. 2016.

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”. 25 Nov. 2016.

Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. (2016) ‘Hospitality and Hostility: The roles of established refugees in a crisis.’ YouTube video of Elena’s UCL Lunch Hour Lecture, 1 Nov. 2016. Watch it here.

Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. (2016) ‘Refugees Hosting Refugees‘, Forced Migration Review, 53: 25-27. 28 September 2016. Read here or listen to audio here.

Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. (2016) ‘On the Threshold of Statelessness: Palestinian narratives of loss and erasure,Journal of Ethnic and Racial Studies, 39(2): 301-321.

Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. (ed) (2016) Gender, Religion and Humanitarian Responses to Refugees, MRU Policy Brief.

Gabiam, N. and Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. (2016) ‘Palestinians and the Arab Uprisings: Political Activism and Narratives of Home, Homeland and Home-Camp’, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, doi: 10.1080/1369183X.2016.1202750

Saunders, J., Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. and Snyder, S. (eds) (2016) Intersections of Religion and Migration: Issues at the Global Crossroads, New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. (2015) “Refugees helping refugees: How a Palestinian camp in Lebanon is welcoming Syrians”, The Conversation, 4 November 2015.

Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. and Pacitto, J. (2015) “Writing the Other into Humanitarianism: A conversation between ‘South-South’ and ‘faith-based’ humanitarianisms,” in Z. Sezgin and D. Dijkzeul (eds.) The New Humanitarianisms in International Practice: Emerging Actors and Contested Principles. Oxford: Routledge.

Ager, J., Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. and Ager, A. (2015) ‘Local Faith Communities and the Promotion of Resilience in Contexts of Humanitarian Crisis,Journal of Refugee Studies, 28 (2): 202- 221. *Selected by OUP as one of 6 “highly cited articles” to showcase “the impressive body of research” published in the OUP Journal of Refugee Studies.

Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E., Loescher, G., Long, K. and Sigona, N. (eds) (2014 and 2016) The Oxford Handbook of Forced Migration and Refugee Studies, Oxford: Oxford University Press. *Paperback published in 2016*

Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. and Ager, A. (eds) (2013) Local Faith Communities and the promotion of resilience in humanitarian situations, RSC/JLI Working Paper 90, Oxford: Refugee Studies Centre, February 2013.

Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. and Pacitto, J. (2013) Writing the ‘Other’ into humanitarian discourse: Framing theory and practice in South-South humanitarian responses to forced displacement. Oxford: RSC Working Paper No. 93.

Qasmiyeh, Y. M. and Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. (2013) “Refugee Camps and Cities in Conversation,” in Jane Garnett and Alana Harris (eds) Rescripting Religion in the City: Migration and Religious Identity in the Modern Metropolis, Farnham: Ashgate. pp. 131-143.

Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. (ed) (2011) Special Issue on “Faith Based Humanitarianism in Contexts of Forced Migration,” Journal of Refugee Studies, 24(3), Sep. 2011.

Dr Estella Carpi

Dr Estella Carpi’s recent pieces on humanitarian responses to displacement in the Middle East, including faith-based humanitarianism, include:

Carpi, E. and Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. (2020) “Keeping the Faith? Examining the Roles of Faith and Secularism in Syrian Diaspora Organizations in Lebanon”. In Dijzkeul, D. and Fauser, M. Diaspora Organizations in International Affairs, pp. 129-149. London: Routledge.

Carpi, E. (2020). “Car-Sharing in Lebanon: Overlooked Practices of Collective Self-Reliance”, Rethinking Refuge Platform (Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford), April 8, 2020. Available at: 

Carpi, E. (2019) “Bringing Social Class into Humanitarian Debates. The Case of Northern Lebanon”. Middle East Institute, December 4, 2019. Available at: 

Carpi, E. and Diana, C. (2019) “The Right to Play versus the Right to War? Vulnerable Childhood in Lebanon’s NGOization”, in Cheney, K. and Sinervo, A., Disadvantaged Childhoods and Humanitarian Intervention: Processes of Affective Commodification and Objectification, 135-156. NY: Palgrave.

Carpi, E. (2019) “The ‘Need to Be There’: North-South Encounters and Imaginations in the Humanitarian Economy”, in Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. and Daley, P. (eds.) The Routledge Handbook of South-South Relations. NY: Routledge. 

Carpi, E. (2019) Specchi Scomodi. Etnografia delle Migrazioni Forzate nel Libano Contemporaneo. Milan: Mimesis [Italian].

Carpi, E. (2019) Towards a Neo-Cosmetic Humanitarianism. Refugee Self-Reliance as a Social Cohesion Regime in Lebanon’s Halba, Journal of Refugee Studies 33 (1): 224-244.

Carpi, E. (2019) Winking at Humanitarian Neutrality: The Liminal Politics of the State in Lebanon, Anthropologica 61 (1): 83-96.

Carpi, E. (2019) Syrian Faith Leaders in Displacement: Neglected Aid Providers?, Southern Responses to Displacement. Available at:

Carpi, E. (2019) No One Wants to Be the ‘Global North’? About Being a Researcher across the North and South, Public Anthropologist. Available at:

Carpi, E. (2018) Intermediaries in Humanitarian Action: A Questionable Shortcut to the Effective Localisation of Aid?, Public Anthropologist. Available at:

Carpi, E. (2018) What’s Wrong with the ‘Power of Writing’? A Reflection on Language in Academic Research, Public Anthropologist. Available at:

Carpi, E. (2018) ‘Southern’ and ‘Northern’ Assistance Provision beyond the Grand Narratives: Views from Lebanese and Syrian Providers in Lebanon, Public Anthropologist. Available at:

Carpi, E. (2018) Redefinindo a Vulnerabilidade em uma Favela de Beirute: Cidadania e Refugio às Margens da Sociedade Libanesa, Oriente Medio e Norte da Africa..

Carpi, E. (2018) Empires of ‘Inclusion’?, Southern Responses to Displacement. Available at:

Carpi, E. (2018) Teaching Humanitarianism in Lebanon, Turkey, and Italy, Public Anthropologist. Available at:

Boano, C. Carpi, E. (2018)  Humanitarianism in an Urban Lebanese Setting: Missed Opportunities, Legal Agenda. Available at:

Carpi, E. (2018) Intermediaries in Humanitarian Action: A Questionable Shortcut to the Effective Localisation of Aid?, Public Anthropologist, November 24, 2018. Available at:

Carpi, E. (2018) Does Faith-Based Provision Always Localise Aid? Refugee Hosts, Jan 2018.

Carpi, E. (2018) Reflections on Faith-Based Solidarity and Social Membership: Beyond Religion? The Case of Lebanese Shiite FBOs, Caucasus International. 

Carpi, E. and Şenoğuz, P. H. (2018) Refugee Hospitality in Lebanon and Turkey. On Making the ‘Other’, Journal of International Migration.

Carpi, E. (2018) Border Towns: Humanitarian Assistance in Peri-Urban Areas, Humanitarian Exchange Magazine No. 71, March 27, 2018. Humanitarian Practice Network, Overseas Development Institute, London, UK. Available at: 

Carpi, E. and Senoguz, P. (2018) Refugee Hospitality in Lebanon and Turkey, Journal of International Migration.

Carpi, E. with Glioti, A. (2018) Towards an Alternative ‘Time of the Revolution’? Beyond State Contestation in the Struggle for a New Syrian Everyday, Middle East Critique 27(1): 231-246.

Carpi, E. (2017) Reflections on Faith-Based Solidarity and Social Membership: Beyond Religion? The Case of Lebanese Shiite FBOs Caucasus International 7(2): 67-82.

Carpi, E. (2017) Learning and Earning in Constrained Labour Markets. The Politics of Livelihoods in Lebanon’s Halba, in Fiori, J. and Rigon, A. (eds.) Making Lives. Refugee Self-Reliance and Humanitarian Action in Cities, 11-36. London: Save the Children UK.

Carpi, E. (2016) Refugee Hospitality and Humanitarian Action in Northern Lebanon: between Social Order and Trans-border History, Urgence, Réhabilitation, et Dévelopemment, Paris: URD Groupe.

Carpi, E. (2016) Against Ontologies of Hospitality. About Syrian Refugeehood in Northern Lebanon, Middle East Institute. Available at:

Carpi, E. (2014) The Everyday Experience of Humanitarianism in Akkar’s Villages. Beirut: Civil Society Knowledge Centre. Available at:

Book reviews by Dr Estella Carpi include: 

Carpi, E. (2019) on Feldman, I. (2018) Life Lived in Relief. Humanitarian Predicaments and Palestinian Refugee Politics. Oakland, CA: University of California Press, in Middle East Journal, summer 2019 Issue.

Carpi, E. (2019) on Omata, N. (2017) The Myth of Self-Reliance. Economic Lives Inside a Liberian Refugee Camp, NY and Oxford: Berghahn Books, in Migration & Society 2: 121-122.

Carpi, E. (2019) on Calculli, M. (2018) Come uno Stato. Hizbullah e la Mimesi Strategica, Milan: Vita e Pensiero [Italian], in Lavoro Culturale. Availble online at:

Carpi, E. (2018) on Mayblin, L. (2017) Asylum after Empire. Colonial Legacies in the Politics of Asylum Seeking, London and New York: Rowman & Littlefield, in Refuge 34 (2): 158-160.

Carpi, E. on Marron, R. (2017) Humanitarian Rackets and their Moral Hazards: The Case of the Palestinian Refugee Camps in Lebanon, Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2016, in Global Policy.

Featured Photo:  Mural in Baddawi camp, N. Lebanon, wishing passersby a “Ramadan Kareem” (Happy Ramadan).  (c) E. Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, 2018

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