Southern Led Responses

This research project builds upon PI Dr. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh’s long-standing research into the politics of humanitarianism and donor-recipient relations in Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) refugee situations, which has included fieldwork in refugee camps and host cities in countries including Algeria, Cuba, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria and South Africa.

To date, Elena has published on diverse elements of Algerian, Cuban, Libyan, Palestinian and Syrian humanitarian responses to Sahrawi, Palestinian and Syrian refugees (see below and here).

This has included a particular focus on state-led internationalist and Pan-Arabist models of humanitarian assistance, faith-based humanitarianism and the roles of local faith communities, and refugee-refugee humanitarianism. The Southern Responses project explores these and other ‘models’ of response in the specific context of Southern-led responses to displacement from Syria, focusing in particular on examining how refugees themselves conceptualise, engage with and/or resist these and other forms of response.

Click on the links above to read more about different ‘models’ of response, and see below for a selection of Elena’s publications that have informed the development of this project:

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

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. (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. 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. (2014) The Ideal Refugees: Gender, Islam and the Sahrawi Politics of Survival, Syracuse NY: Syracuse University Press.

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

Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. (2012) ‘Invisible Refugees and/or Overlapping Refugeedom? Protecting Sahrawis and Palestinians Displaced by the 2011 Libyan Uprising,’ International Journal of Refugee Law, 24(2): 263-293.

Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. (2011) ‘Paradoxes of Refugees’ Educational Migration: Promoting self-sufficiency or renewing dependency?’ Comparative Education, 47(4): 433-447.

Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. (2011) ‘The Pragmatics of Performance: Putting ‘faith’ in aid in the Sahrawi refugee camps,’ Journal of Refugee Studies, 24(3): 533-547

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. (2010) ‘Education, Migration and Internationalism: Situating Muslim Middle Eastern and North African students in Cuba,’ The Journal of North African Studies, 15(2): 137-155.

Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. (2009) ‘Representing Sahrawi Refugees’ ‘Educational Displacement’ to Cuba: Self-sufficient agents or manipulated victims in conflict?Journal of Refugee Studies, 22(3): 323-350.

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

Header image: Palestinian boys flying pigeons over Baddawi camp, N. Lebanon (c) E. Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, 2017

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