Summer workshop

For journalists, researchers and others telling stories about migration

Beirut 4-15 September 2023

Do you research, report or tell stories about migration and refugees? Are you interested in learning from people with professional or personal experiences of exile and migration? Do you want to find ways to tell better stories about these issues?

If so, this workshop is for you!

Applications are closed.

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For the second year in a row, Switch Perspective is hosting a ten-day workshop on 4-15 September 2023 (the weekend of 9-10 September will be free from organised sessions) in Beirut open to people working with documenting, analysing or telling stories about migration in its various forms, including journalists, photographers, filmmakers, writers, academics, NGO workers, civil society activists and others.
The workshop will be held in Lebanon, a small country in the eastern Mediterranean. Lebanon is now home to more refugees per capita than any other country in the world, and has long-standing Palestinian, Armenian, Syrian and migrant worker communities. It also has a long migration history of its own, with large numbers of Lebanese having migrated abroad throughout the ages.
The workshop will be an opportunity for participants to learn from and engage with Lebanon and the region’s experience of migration, both in the past 10-15 years and historically (the latter of which interacts with and impacts on the former). It will also be a chance to better understand how different global processes and events play out in a local context.
This summer workshop is aimed at people wanting to benefit from knowledge generated in Lebanon as a result of the region’s history and experience of mobility and migration.
The workshop will be divided in two parts, starting with an initial week of sessions with self-reflection, discussion and critical analysis of media reporting on migration and refugees, situating the topic in both a specific Lebanese/Mediterranean-Middle Eastern context and in the broader global state of affairs.
The second week will be in the form of a residency, where participants get a chance to work on a topic or project of their own (or collaborative), based on the work done during the first week and in relation to the Lebanese/regional context. The weekend of Saturday and Sunday 9-10 September will be free from organised sessions. Please note that participation in the summer workshop requires full partaking during both weeks.
Sessions will be held by people from different initiatives working on migration, or local media outlets, including:


Rayan Sukkar and Samih Mahmoud from Campji

Campji is an online news platform reporting from Lebanon’s refugee camps, telling locally grounded and conceptual stories. Rayan Sukkar has been with Campji since 2017 and has worked with theater projects as well as contributed to a number of other platforms and organisations including Al Jazeera and UNICEF. Samih Mahmoud came from Syria to Lebanon in 2013 and has worked with Campji since 2017. He also works as a freelancer, including for UNRWA. Both of them have been teaching mobile journalism and content creation for over two years.

Laure Makarem

Laure Makarem is a coach and member of different initiatives working towards migrant rights, racial justice and feminist movement building in Lebanon. They currently manage the Migrant Community Center which is an anti-racist space for migrant women to meet, produce knowledge, self-organise and advocate for their rights as agents and leaders of change.

Anamê Gnanguenon

Anamê Gnanguenon has both French and Beninese citizenship and an educational background in history, religion and society. She has worked with the Anti-Racism Movement in Lebanon since 2019, doing community building activities and workshops on migrant rights at the Migrant Community Center. Her work has been focused on strengthening women-led initiatives and encouraging and building spaces for discussions around black feminism. Currently, Aname works as a community advocacy coordinator and maintains direct contact with migrant domestic workers in Lebanon, and does advocacy and media campaigns.

Asser Khattab

Asser Khattab is an essayist who writes about journalism, art, culture, and history. He formerly reported from the Middle East on war, politics, and economy for various international media outlets, including the Washington Post and the Financial Times. Recently, he started a newsletter with New Lines Magazine in which he examines how the media covers the Middle East, and he now works with communication for human rights organisations.

Sarah Khazem

Sarah Khazem is a freelance journalist and creative writer interested in covering migration stories and identity issues using ethnographic tools. Her writings focus on how crises and totalitarian regimes interact with patriarchy to repress women and female journalists in particular. Sarah Khazem tries to practice a type of journalism that intersects with the humanitarian and social fields, including in particular anthropology and literature.

Mikey Muhanna from afikra

Mikey Muhanna is the founder and executive director of afikra | عفكرة, a global movement to convert passive interest in the Arab world to active intellectual curiosity. Starting from a rooftop in Brooklyn in 2014, Muhanna has grown afikra into a global education & media platform with a community of 100,000 people across 30 chapters globally and has a robust content library of over 500 talks that have been viewed over 500,000 times.


Ibrahim Nehme from The Outpost

Ibrahim Nehme is a creator and curator working on new media. His work is a cross-pollination between journalism, activism and artistic expression, and could be situated as a series of attempts to shift the collective consciousness. In 2012 he founded The Outpost magazine, which became a platform for writers and artists from the Arab world to channel a new voice of resistance and change, and received several awards.

Hoda Barakat

Hoda Barakat is a trainer and facilitator with an interest in community facilitation and collective processes. With a background in history studies, Hoda started her training career with a focus on memory processes in post-conflict societies, and more recently taught and coached community organising approaches and campaigns.  She is active within “Kabcoob” a feminist facilitation cooperative.

Angela Saade from Switch Perspective

Angela Saade is a popular education trainer and co-founder of JIBAL, a Lebanese organisation working on social and environmental justice. She has organised workshops and trainings on a wide range of topics in Lebanon, France and elsewhere. She is one of the co-founders of Switch Perspective.

Rana Hassan from Switch Perspective

Rana Hassan is a facilitator specialised in community building and urban research. She is currently focusing on supporting cooperatives and horizontal groups, as well as doing movement building. She is a member of the Switch Perspective team.

Jenny Gustafsson from Switch Perspective

Jenny Gustafsson is a journalist/writer and editor who has lived in Lebanon and reported from the region since 2009. In 2010, she co-founded the online magazine Mashallah News. Her work has been published by The Guardian, Al Jazeera, Foreign Policy, Courrier international and others. She is one of the co-founders of Switch Perspective.

Switch Perspective has been conducting trainings in Lebanon and abroad since 2016. Our sessions are always collaborative and self-reflective, springing from the idea that knowledge is generated through engagement and reflection. The team behind Switch Perspective all have direct experience of issues related to migration, whether personally or professionally (or both).

The regular fee for participation is $350, including accommodation during the full twelve days and meals during the ten days of workshop sessions.
If you are able to support participants who are not in a position to pay the full fee, we invite you to pay a solidarity fee of $450, which will help cover for this. 
Please note that transportation and flights to/from Beirut and visa fees are not included.
A number of grants are available to cover for the participation fee. Please let us know in the contact form if this is the case for you.


4-15 September 2023 (with a break during the weekend of 9-10 September).




The working language is English, with some sessions translated from Arabic to English. 


Applications closed on May 5.