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Space of Refuge Symposium
The one-day Symposium, housed within the spatial installation, situated the issue of Palestinian refugees as a precursor of urgent matters of ‘refuge’ on a wider scale around the world. After leading the audience through the installation, the Symposium commenced, covering 3 themed-sessions:

Departure, this session is concerned with discussing the ongoing movement of refugees globally, and the material, social, political conditions that contribute to refuge, and thus become attributes of refuge itself.
Dr Elaine Chase Senior Lecturer in Education, Health and International Development, UCL Institute of Education
Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh Reader in Human Geography and Co-Director of the Migration Research Unit, UCL Department of Geography
Dr Romola Sanyal Assistant Professor of Urban Geography, Department of Geography and Environment, LSE

Spatiality, this session will analyze scenarios of refuge space, historically and currently, spatially and politically (especially refugee?host country relations), and showcase the material realities that exist today.
Huda Tayob PhD Architectural History & Theory, Teaching Fellow, History & Theory, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL
Dr Camillo Boano Senior Lecturer and Co-Director of the UCL UrbanLab, The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, UCL
Samar Maqusi PhD Architectural Design, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL

Protraction, this session discusses spaces of refuge at the crossroads of space/time, whereby the former becomes a product of the latter, both being victims to a lack of political will. The question to be asked, however, is what would a political resolution really mean to a protracted space of refuge?
Dr Estella Carpi Research Associate, The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, UCL
Dr Adam Ramadan Lecturer in Human Geography, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Birmingham University
Film Screening/Skype with Waleed Jum’ah & Mohammad Nabulsi from Baqa’a refugee camp, Jordan

The dialogue amongst a truly diverse group of attendees, including academics, students, film-makers, artists, international organization representatives, and local community members, reflected on issues of conflict, resolution, protracted refugee status, host country policies, relationships between refugees and host countries, spatial production within refugee camps, socio-economic behaviour, cultural practices, and such like.

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Space of Refuge was generously funded by UCL's Grand Challenges (Installation) & UCL's Institute of Advanced Studies (Symposium), and Supported by UCL's Refuge in a Moving World, and HUB Collective.

All images by Samar Maqusi, unless indicated otherwise.