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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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Min Al-Mukhayyam’ (‘From the Camp’)

Discourses of Difference and the Boundaries of Exile amongst Palestinian Refugees in Jordan

Michael Pérez

identity. It is also a micro-politics of difference that depends on stigmatising discourses about the camp and its transformations, and it reveals the essentialising effects of protracted displacement for Palestinians in Jordan and beyond

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‘Life Is Tight Here’

Displacement and Desire amongst Syrian Refugee Women in Jordan

Morgen A. Chalmiers

California Press ). Brun , C. ( 2016 ), ‘ There Is No Future in Humanitarianism: Emergency, Temporality and Protracted Displacement ’, History and Anthropology 27 , no. 4 : 393 – 410 , doi: 10.1080/02757206.2016.1207637 . 10

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Introduction

States of Displacement: Middle Eastern Refugees, Internally Displaced Persons and Asylum Seekers in Global Context

Lucia Volk and Marcia C. Inhorn

with three different states of displacement – protracted, repeated and recent. Protracted displacement situations are those in which at least 25,000 refugees from the same country have been living in exile for more than five consecutive years ( UNHCR

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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

just a small 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

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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 , London . Retrieved 29 November 2017 from http://pubs.iied.org/10799IIED . Brun , Catherine . 2016 . “ There Is No Future in Humanitarianism: Emergency, Temporality and Protracted Displacement .” History and Anthropology 27 ( 4

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Estella Carpi, Sandy F. Chang, Kristy A. Belton, Katja Swider, Naluwembe Binaisa, Magdalena Kubal-Czerwińska, and Jessie Blackbourn

-returnees in Buduburam. Chapter 7 powerfully smashes the myth of self-reliance by reminding us of the danger of self-help and entrepreneurialism discourses in protracted displacement. UNHCR cannot be held responsible in a limited fashion: once humanitarian

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

itself as a neutral and 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