Book review (abstract)

FIDDIAN-QASMIYEH, ELENA (ed.). Refuge in a moving world: tracing refugee and migrant journeys across disciplines. 566 pp., tables, illus., bibliogrs. London: UCL Press, 2020.

This timely volume includes chapters by more than thirty authors drawn from the Refuge in a Moving World collective based at University College London. Under the editorial guidance of Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, the anthology is set against the backdrop of the 2015 ‘Mediterranean refugee crisis’, but with a wider geographical reach, temporal frame, and thematic scope, all held together by the notion of ‘a moving world’. The book is not a call to arms; instead, it offers nuanced poetic, visual, and textual analyses that invite the reader to reflect on the challenges of leaving, moving, and, especially, waiting at a journey’s protracted end. Now available as open access, the anthology will be a valuable resource for students across many disciplines, especially those wanting to probe beyond legal categories, experiment with collaborative and visual approaches, and challenge literary and narrative conventions. For those researching forced displacement, this collection can also put them on the track to the colonial origins of camps and the question of why the search for refuge in a moving world is still with us.

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