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Randa Farah


The Palestinian Nakba-t: Catastrophe-s

On a cold and damp winter day in 1995, I walked through the narrow alleyways of an overcrowded and dilapidated refugee camp in Jordan. In subsequent visits over the years, the camp's physical and political environment seemed to deteriorate, with poverty and unfulfilled dreams of return hanging heavier than in earlier years and decades. But back in the mid-1990s, I was on my way to meet al-Sarisi family, who along with approximately 750,000 Palestinians were the victims of ...

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Randa Farah


Randa Farah is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada. Farah conducted many years of field research in Palestinian and Sahrawi refugee camps in Jordan and Algeria respectively. Her publications and  lectures focus on issues related to oral histories of displacement, political and social mobilization in refugee camps, nationalism, and national liberation movements, history/memory, and identity politics, issues related to gender, children and childhood, and humanitarian aid.  She worked as an associate researcher at the Refugee Studies Center (RSC) at the University of Oxford, where she co-taught a course titled Palestinian Refugees and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. She also worked at the Centre de Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches sur le Moyen-Orient Contemporain (CERMOC), in Amman, Jordan, where she participated in a research project on Palestinian refugees and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). Dr. Farah acquired her Ph.D. at the University of Toronto and her thesis on popular memory and identity was based on extensive fieldwork in al-Baq’a refugee camp in Jordan based on oral histories.