Refuge in a
Moving World draws together more than thirty contributions written from multiple disciplines
and fields of research and practice to discuss different ways of engaging with, and responding to, migration and displacement.
The volume combines critical
reflections on the complexities of conceptualizing
processes and experiences
of (forced) migration, with detailed analyses of these experiences in contemporary and historical settings around the world. Through interdisciplinary
approaches and methodologies – including participatory research, poetic and
spatial interventions, ethnography, theatre, discourse analysis and visual
methods – the volume documents the complexities of refugees’ and migrants’
journeys. This includes a particular focus on how people
inhabit and negotiate everyday life in cities, towns, camps and informal
settlements across the Middle East and North Africa, Southern and Eastern
Africa, and Europe.
A key dynamic
documented throughout the book is the multiple ways that responses to displacement are enacted by people with
personal or family experiences of (forced) migration. These people appear in many roles: as researchers, writers and artists, teachers, solidarians, first
responders, NGO practitioners, neighbours and/or friends. Through the
application of historically and spatially sensitive, intersectional and
interdisciplinary lenses, the contributors explore
the ways that different people – across axes of religion, race, sexuality, gender and
age – experience and respond to their own situations and to those of other people,
in the context of diverse power structures and structural inequalities on the
local, national and international level.
in a Moving World argues that working collaboratively through interdisciplinary
approaches and methodologies has the potential to develop nuanced understandings
of processes of migration and displacement, and, in turn, to encourage more sustainable
modes of responding to our moving world.