FMHT: Refugees NGOs, Social Networks, and Urban Homemaking: Ethnographic observations from Cairo

  • Starts: 12:00 pm on Friday, April 22, 2016
  • Ends: 2:00 pm on Friday, April 22, 2016
Join FMHT and Dr. Anita Fábos of Clark University for the final Spring 2016 Lunchtime Discussion. Humanitarian and aid agencies, policymakers, and planners have responded to the short-term needs of urban refugee populations with creative approaches to aid delivery, knowledge sharing, and other shifts in disaster preparedness. Despite the increasingly protracted circumstances of forced displacement, policies generally presume a temporary presence of refugees. What might we learn from the self-organizing efforts of urban refugees to create spaces of belonging and cultural meaning under protracted conditions? Reflecting upon her long-term fieldwork among Arabic-speaking Muslim Sudanese refugees in Cairo, Dr. Fábos presents observations about the historical and policy context that supported a vibrant Sudanese refugee NGO sector during the height of their displacement to Egypt. She proposes that Sudanese civil society organizing was contingent upon the fluid social networks that connected Sudanese to one another and to the idea of their Sudanese homeland.