Randa Farah
Department of Anthropology

Western University
In camp
 "Where Should we go after the last frontiers, where should the birds fly after the last sky?" Mahmoud Darwish
Office: SSC 3423A

(519) 661-2111
Ext. 85088

Fax: (519) 661-2157
e-mail: rfarah2@uwo.ca
Address: Department of Anthropology
University of Western Ontario
London, ON
N6A 5C2


Academic Background
Associate Professor (University of Western Ontario, 2007-Present)
Assistant Professor (University of Western Ontario, 2001-2007)
PhD (Anthropology, University of Toronto, 1999)
M.A. (Anthropology, University of Toronto, 1991);
B.A. (Modern European History, Saginaw Valley State College, 1975)
Selected Publications


2010. “Uneasy but Necessary: The UNRWA-Palestinian Relationship”, Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network, pp. 1-7.

2010.  “UNRWA: Through the Eyes of its Palestinian Employees”, Refugee Survey Quarterly, Oxford 28: 2-3, pp. 389-411. 

2010. “A View from the Sahrawi Refugee Camps: Sovereignty on Borrowed Territory”, Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Summer/Fall 2010 11 (2): 59-66.

2009. “Refugee Camps in the Palestinian and Sahrawi National Liberation Movements: A Comparative Perspective”, Journal of Palestine Studies, JPS No. 150, Vol. XXXVIII, No. 2. pp. 76-93.

2007. “Jamelie Hassan – KIAN.Canadian Art, Fall 2007, 24 (3): 152.

2007. “Entwined Histories: Dialogues Not Monologues, Kian.” On Site Review, Winter 2007 18: 61.

2007. “Oral History in the Palestinian and Sahrawi Contexts: A Comparative Approach.al-Majdal, 32: 25-30.

2006. "Palestinian Refugees: Dethroning the Nation at the Crowning of the' Statelel'?" Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies Mediterranean Journal Vol. 8: 229-252.

2004. ‘But Where Shall I Return? Where to?’ 1948 Palestinian Refugees: Land and Return. Mediterranean Journal of Human Rights (Special Issue). 8:2. Malta: Faculty of Laws and the Foundation for International Studies, 157-184.

2003. Western Sahara and Palestine: shared refugee experiences. Forced Migration Review, 16 (2003), 20-23. (also translated into Arabic and Spanish).

2003. Words and Worlds: The Dream-Right of Palestinian Refugees. Nexus: A Journal of Opinion. Orange: Chapman University of Law. 137-151.

2002. To Veil or Not to Veil is Not the Question: Palestinian women’s voices on other matters. Development 45.1, Global/Local Encounters, Society for International Development. London: Sage Publications, 20-23.

1998. “UNRWA in Popular Memory al-Baq’a Refugee Camp.” CERMOC: A history within History: Humanitarian Aid and Development.” Amman, Jordan, October, 1998.

1997. “Palestinian Refugees and the UNRWA: Oral History and Popular Memory.” CERMOC titled: A history within History: Oral History and Popular Memory. Amman, Jordan. August, 1997.

1996. “Palestinian Refugees and the UNRWA: Oral History and Popular Memory.” CERMOC titled: A history within History: Oral History and Popular Memory. Amman, Jordan. December, 1996.

2002. “The Significance of Oral Narratives and Life-Histories.” Al-Jana: The Harvest, File on Palestinian Popular Memory (2002): 24-27.

2001. “At Home in South Africa.” al-Majdal 10 (2001): 19-24.

1996. “On-going Research on Palestinian Refugees in al-Baq’a Camp.” Jordanies. 1 (1996):108-104.

1996. “Haifa.” Al-Jana: The Harvest. The Arab Resource Centre for Popular Arts: Beirut, 16-19.

Book Chapters

2005. Out of the Shadows: Palestinian Refugee Women. In Women and the Politics of Place Wendy Harcourt and Arturo Escobar (eds.). Bloomfield: Kumarian Press.

2005. Palestinian Refugee Children and Caregivers in Jordan. In Children and Adolescents Living with the Effects of Prolonged Forced Migration in the West Bank, Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. Dawn Chatty and Gillian Hundt, eds., Oxford: Berghahn Books, 87-121.

2003. The Marginalization of Palestinian Refugees. In Problems of Protection: The UNHCR, Refugees, and Human Rights. Niklaus Steiner, Mark Gibney, Gil Loescher, eds., New York and London: Routledge, 155-174.

2003. Palestinian Refugee Camps reinscribing and contesting memory and space. In Isolation Places and Practices of Exclusion, Carolyn Strange and Alison Bashford, eds., New York and London: Routledge,191-208.

1997. Reconstructions of Palestinian Identities in al-Baq’a Camp. In Palestine, Palestiniens, territoire national, espaces communautaires, R. Bocco, Destremau and Hannoyer, eds., Beirut: CERMOC, 259-298.

Lectures and Presentations

2008. “Refugee Camps and Shifting Political Landscapes.” New Studies in Palestinian Society and Economy, Middle East Studies Association (MESA), November 2008.

2008. “Forgotten by History, Burdened by Memory: Refugee Camps and the Right of Return Across Generations.” 60 Years of Exile: The Palestinian Right of Return, Canadian-Palestinian Educational Exchange, Ottawa, Canada, June 28, 2008.

2008. “The 1948 Nakba and Oral Histories.” Oral History Day, SOAS Palestine Society and LSE SU Palestine Society, London, United Kingdom, 1 March 2008.

2007. “Palestinian refugees: The Camp as a Suspension Bridge Between the Past and the Future.” From Exodus to Exile: Palestinian Lives in the Levant.CHI/ Chr. Michelsen Institute in Association with Global Moments in the Levant, Bergen, Norway, September 7 – 8, 2007.

2007. “The Nomadic Nation and the Nationalist Nomads: Western Sahara Refugees.” The Enkidu Summer Conference, Identities in Transition, Mexico City, June 1-5, 2007.

2007. “The Politics and Poetics of the Past: The Palestinian and Sahrawi Cases, a Comparative Approach.” The Department of Social Anthropology and the Centre for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Bergen, 10th September, 2007.

2005. “Palestinian and Sahrawi Women’s Narratives.” Center for Research on Women, Barnard College affiliated with Columbia University, 21 April, 2005.

2003. “1948 – Back to the Future: Passages of Palestinian Exile.” European University Institute, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies Mediterranean Programme Fourth Mediterranean Social and Political Research Meeting, 2003. (invited)

2003. “The Stateless Nation in Exile.” The Society of Fellows in the Humanities, Lecture Series, New York: Columbia University, October, 2003. (invited)

2002. “Palestinian Women’s Refugee Voices.” International Workshop of the Society for International Development (SID), Women and the Politics of Place, Oregon, 2002. (invited)

2002. “The Marginalization of Palestinian refugees.” University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2002. (invited)

2002. “Palestinian Refugees. University of North Carolina, Asheville, 2002. (invited)

2002. “Resinscribing Memory and Place.” University of Toronto, 2002.

2002. “Memory and Identity Across Generations;” (and) “Refugees and Protracted Exile: Contested Histories and Places.” Queen’s University. Invited by the Department of Sociology at Queen’s University. Public Lecture, Seminar Series, 2002. (invited)

2002. “Refugee Narratives in Exile;” and “Speaking Out and Speaking Up: Notes on Teaching the Anthropology of the Middle East,” CASCA, 2002.

2002. “Palestinian popular memory.” University of Western Cape, South Africa, 2002.

2001. “Aspects of Narrative and Testimony.” American Anthropological Association.

2000. “Reinscribing Time and Place Across Generations.” Presentations at Queen Elizabeth House, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford, 2000.

1999. “Paradoxical and Overlapping Voices: The Refugee-UNRWA Relationship and Palestinian Identity in Jordan.” CERMOC, International Symposium, The Palestinian Refugees and UNRWA in Jordan, the West Bank and Gaza, 1949-1999, Jordan, 1999.

1998. “Popular Memory and Reconstructions of Palestinian Identity: al-Baq’a Refugee Camp.” Paper presented at the Middle East Studies Association. Chicago, USA. December 4-6, 1998. (invited)

1998 “Memory and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.” Paper presented at the United Nations North American NGO Symposium on The Question of Palestine. United Nations Headquarters, New York, USA. 15-17 June 1998. (invited)

1998. “Popular Memory and Youth in al-Baq’a Refugee Camp.” Paper presented at MEAwards Research Program in Population and Social Sciences Youth in the Middle East: Population Process and Cultural Construction. Cairo, 1998. (invited)

Other Endeavors

Principal Investigator:

(2005-2006) Generational and Gender Relations: Refugees of Western Sahara

Principal Investigator:

(2004-2005) Obstacles to Repatriation of Refugees and Displaced Persons in Kosovo and Western Sahara.

Team Leader:

Children and Adolescents in Sahrawi Refugee Households: Living with the Effects of Prolonged Armed Conflict and Forced Migration. Refugee Studies Center funded by the Mellon Foundation

Team Leader:

Children and Adolescents in Palestinian Households: Living with the Effects of Prolonged Conflict and Forced Migration. Refugee Studies Center funded by the Mellon Foundation: 1999-2001

Consultant/Researcher; International Development Research Centre- Canada:

Consultant/ Researcher, 1999-2000. The Social and Psychological Effects of Overcrowding in Palestinian Refugee Camps, funded by the International Development Agency. West Bank and Gaza.