The Active Citizens Archive

In this piece, Tom Western introduces The Active Citizens Archive, a project of the Syrian and Greek Youth Forum (SGYF) that 'reclaims vocabularies of integration and political inclusion, aiming to disrupt the moral authority of NGOs to speak on behalf of those who have crossed borders.' The Archive records and archives 'sound, activisms, citizenship practices,... Continue Reading →

‘How Did it Feel to Ask those Questions?’ – An Email Exchange about Experiencing Research on Displacement.

In this post Hanna Schneider and her colleague Israa Sadder share an email exchange in which they discuss conducting research with Syrian refugees living in Jordan. The exchange describes the relationships developed both between researchers and intermediaries, and between researchers, intermediaries and their interlocutors. These research relationships raise multiple questions regarding how working as an... Continue Reading →

Who is empowered?

In this piece, Tessa Ubels traces the use of the word ‘empowerment’ within the context of humanitarian responses to refugees in Lebanon. Drawing on her fieldwork in Beirut, and applying Deepa Narayan-Park’s conceptual framework, Tessa critically assesses the effectiveness of the focus on ‘empowerment’ within the humanitarian network of international and local organisations responding to... Continue Reading →

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