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Active Waiting and Changing Hopes

Toward a Time Perspective on Protracted Displacement

Cathrine Brun

This article introduces a time perspective on 'protracted displacement' and seeks to theorize 'agency-in-waiting' through a focus on the ways in which people simultaneously carry on during displacement, feel trapped in the present, and actively relate to alternative notions of the future. The article analyzes the protracted case of internally displaced Georgians from Abkhazia and the dominant discourse of return that characterizes their lives in displacement. Changing notions of hope are analyzed in order to understand the role that an uncertain future plays and the potential for agency that people develop during displacement. Agency-in-waiting and future perspectives, it is suggested, contribute valuable conceptual and political dimensions to the ways in which protracted displacement can be understood and addressed.

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Listening with Displacement

Sound, Citizenship, and Disruptive Representations of Migration

Tom Western

asylum and racialized persecution. Protracted displacement fosters the development of new sound cultures, while histories of migration are at once recursive, looping and feeding back on themselves. These ideas develop out of extended fieldwork in Athens

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Refugia Roundtable

Imagining Refugia: Thinking Outside the Current Refugee Regime

Nicholas Van Hear, Veronique Barbelet, Christina Bennett, and Helma Lutz

proportion of the world’s displaced ( IRIN 2015 ), the vast majority of whom exist for years or even decades in “protracted displacement”—a state of limbo in camps or self-settled in cities enduring precarious and constrained conditions, without legitimate

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Publications, Films and Conferences

Roxanne Varzi, Fadi A. Bardawil, Soheila Shahshahani, and Konstantina Isidoros

alternative aesthetics to negotiate social integration, legal status and new national identities while suspended in protracted displacement, and how the pain of lost love, broken relationships and shattered aspirations among refugee men bring to light

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Living Through and Living On?

Participatory Humanitarian Architecture in the Jarahieh Refugee Settlement, Lebanon

Riccardo Luca Conti, Joana Dabaj, and Elisa Pascucci

IIED . Brun , Catherine . 2016 . “ There Is No Future in Humanitarianism: Emergency, Temporality and Protracted Displacement .” History and Anthropology 27 ( 4 ): 393 – 410 . Bulley , Dan . 2014 . “ Inside the Tent: Community and Government in

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Heather Wurtz and Olivia Wilkinson

risk in protracted displacement” ( Fiddian-Qasmiyeh 2019 : 30; Easton-Calabria and Omata 2018 ). Our findings reveal that a focus on the work of local faith leaders and faith communities helps to expand our understanding of self-reliance in ways that

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Giving Aid Inside the Home

Humanitarian House Visits, Performative Refugeehood, and Social Control of Syrians in Jordan

Ann-Christin Wagner

refugees who had just survived the dangerous crossing of the Mediterranean. In Mafraq, however, Syrians’ exile had long turned into protracted displacement. Inside their humble homes, Syrians spent many days waiting for aid workers to come and visit. House

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Leyla Neyzi, Nida Alahmad, Nina Gren, Martha Lagace, Chelsey Ancliffe, and Susanne Bregnbæk

nonpolitical organization, Palestinian refugees insist the agency is indeed a political actor that also holds responsibility for the plight of flight and protracted displacement. Asking for water and the right of return in the same protest thus does make sense