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

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.

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

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

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 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., 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. 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 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.

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.

Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. (2019) Disasters Studies: Looking Forward, Disasters (in production)

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 – Open access until July 2018*

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

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.

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

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. (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. Available at:

Carpi, E. and Şenoğuz, P. H. (2018) “Refugee Hospitality in Lebanon and Turkey. On Making the ‘Other’”, 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. (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:

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

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