Winter 2021 Keynote
Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh - Shifting the Gaze: Southern-led Humanitarian Responses to Displacement
Thursday, January 21, 2021, 9:30-10:30 am (Pacific Time)
Registration Required: https://bit.ly/SawyerSem-Jan21
Displacement is primarily a ‘Southern’ and ‘South-South’ phenomenon, to which Southern actors have historically responded in ways that resist, reject, and provide alternatives to the hegemonic aid regime. However, Southern-led responses to displacement have typically been rendered invisible, and are largely unacknowledged by Northern- and Northern-based academics, policy-makers and practitioners. Though the scholarly study of Southern actors’ responses to displacement has recently increased, Northern academics and policy observers too frequently delegitimize the activities of Islamic faith-based organizations and “non-traditional” donor states, which are not members of the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, and Kuwait). In this presentation, Fiddian-Qasmiyeh focuses on responses to Syrian displacement since 2011 and develops a multiscalar analysis of the roles played by Southern states, local host communities, faith-based networks, and refugees themselves. She argues that a focus on “refugee-refugee humanitarianism” can challenge dominant and exclusionary Northern humanitarianism paradigms of refugee studies.
Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh is Professor of Migration and Refugee Studies and Co-Director of the Migration Research Unit at University College London, where she directs the Refuge in a Moving World interdisciplinary research network. She is the author of several articles and books, and co-editor of Refuge in a Moving World: Tracing Refugee and Migrant Journeys Across Disciplines (UCL Press, 2020).
February 4, 2021, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM PST
Amira Mittermaier (University of Toronto), “God, Humans, and an Islamic Ethics of Care” & Sienna R. Craig (Dartmouth College), “From Earthquakes and Empowerments to Pandemics: Tibetan Medical Humanitarianisms”
February 18, 2021, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM PST
Basit Kareem Iqbal (McMaster University), “Ambivalence and Askesis in Zaatari Refugee Camp” & China Scherz (University of Virginia), “Seeking the Wounds of the Gift: Recipient Agency in Catholic Charity and Kiganda Patronage”
This webinar is funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and part of the Sawyer Seminar Humanitarianisms: Migrations and Care Through the Global South 2020-21 hosted by The Walter Chapin Simpson Center for the Humanities at the University of Washington. For more information, please visit our website.