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15 June (10:00-12:00 CET): Talk by Dorothea Hilhorst on humanitarian crisis in disasters and conflicts

Just before we will be going on a well-deserved summer vacation, Dorothea Hilhorst (Erasmus University Rotterdam) will be giving a talk on humanitarian crisis in disasters and conflicts based on her research programme ‘When Disaster Meets Conflict’ on 15 June 2021 at 10:00-12:00 CET. Anne-Meike Fechter (University of Sussex) will be discussant and Ekatherina Zhukova (Lund University) will chair.  You are warmly invited to participate, … Continue reading 15 June (10:00-12:00 CET): Talk by Dorothea Hilhorst on humanitarian crisis in disasters and conflicts

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Rethinking Internal Displacement: Geo-political Games, Fragile States And The Relief Industry – by Frederick Laker

A forthcoming book in Berghahn series “Humanitarianism and Security” edited by Antonio De Lauri (Chr. Michelsen Institute): “Rethinking Internal Displacement: Geo-political Games, Fragile States And The Relief Industry” – by Frederick Laker (Queen Mary University of London). Please remember that if you have a book proposal in mind, you can always submit it to Berghahn book series “Humanitarianism And Security” Continue reading Rethinking Internal Displacement: Geo-political Games, Fragile States And The Relief Industry – by Frederick Laker

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ESP: La expansión del humanitarismo: perspectivas, realidades y enfoques

Convocatoria Simposio de Posgrado (virtual) 10 y 11 de Junio de 2021 El Humanitarismo es un concepto de difícil definición. Los trabajos más recientes han contribuido a visibilizar su carácter complejo y diverso, que tiende a entenderse como el impulso de intervención en contextos de emergencia con el propósito de aliviar el sufrimiento humano. En la literatura antropológica el humanitarismo ha sido definido como un … Continue reading ESP: La expansión del humanitarismo: perspectivas, realidades y enfoques

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CfP: Broadening humanitarianism: shifting perspectives, realities, and theorizations

Online Postgraduate Symposium 10-11 June 2021 Humanitarianism is a concept that escapes easy definition. Recent works have contributed to reveal the complexities and diversities behind the term that is generally understood as a drive to alleviate human suffering and an accompanying call for urgent action. In anthropological literature, humanitarianism has been defined as a set of “particular embodied, situated practices” (Redfield, 2005: 330), and as … Continue reading CfP: Broadening humanitarianism: shifting perspectives, realities, and theorizations

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Building a Bed for the Night: The Parisian “Yellow Bubble” and the Politics of Humanitarian Architecture

New publication! Scott-Smith, Tom. “Building a Bed for the Night: The Parisian “Yellow Bubble” and the Politics of Humanitarian Architecture.” Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development, vol. 11 no. 3, 2020, p. 317-331. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/hum.2020.0025. Abstract: The past decade has seen the expansion of architecture with an explicitly humanitarian purpose. This article examines the politics and functions of this movement … Continue reading Building a Bed for the Night: The Parisian “Yellow Bubble” and the Politics of Humanitarian Architecture

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Beyond the boxes: Refugee shelter and the humanitarian politics of life

New publication! SCOTT‐SMITH, T. (2019), Beyond the boxes. American Ethnologist, 46: 509-521. https://doi.org/10.1111/amet.12833 ABSTRACTHumanitarian agencies often reach for new designs and technologies in order to meet basic human needs. In the field of emergency shelter, one of the most widely publicized new designs is the Ikea refugee shelter: a flat‐packed, mass‐produced structure that can be shipped and constructed wherever it is required. This shelter aspires … Continue reading Beyond the boxes: Refugee shelter and the humanitarian politics of life

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COVID‐19, ‘dugnad’ and social control in Bergen and beyond

A number of us met in the city of Bergen in Norway in 2018 for the workshop organized by AHN co-founding convener Antonio De Lauri “Assessing the Anthropology of Humanitarianism: Ethnography, Impact, Critique“. Now Antonio De Lauri and his collegue Kari Telle have written an article in City & Society about experiencing the pandemic in the city and the tranformation of responsibilities towards the members … Continue reading COVID‐19, ‘dugnad’ and social control in Bergen and beyond

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Greetings from new conveners!

Dear AHNers! We, Andrea and Ekatherina, are greeting you in our capacity as the new AHN conveners, the role we have taken from 1 January 2021 for the 2 upcoming years. Ekatherina Zhukova is a researcher at Lund University in Sweden. She works on humanitarianism from the perspective of disaster, crisis, embodiment, gender, and childhood. One of her projects is about Italian small-scale humanitarianism to … Continue reading Greetings from new conveners!

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New AHN conveners!

Dear all, We are happy to announce that the new AHN conveners are Andrea Steinke (Centre for Humanitarian Action Berlin) and Ekatherina Zhukova (Lund University)! Establishing and convening the AHN in its first two years was exciting and we have learnt a lot while doing this. We look forward to following how Andrea and Ekatherina will develop the AHN further as well as to being … Continue reading New AHN conveners!

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Humanitarianism: Keywords

We are happy to share open access book “Humanitarianism: Keywords“, edited by Antonio De Lauri! This is a comprehensive dictionary designed as a compass for navigating the conceptual universe of humanitarianism. It is an intuitive toolkit to map contemporary humanitarianism and to explore its current and future articulations. The dictionary serves a broad readership of practitioners, students, and researchers by providing informed access to the extensive … Continue reading Humanitarianism: Keywords

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Programme of the first AHN meeting “Intersections of Humanitarianism”, Goettingen, 01-03 November 2019

We are thrilled to share the final programme of the AHN kickoff workshop “Intersections of Humanitarianism”, which will be held in Goettingen, 01-03 November 2019. The workshop is organized by Anthropology of Humanitarianism Network (AHN) of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA) in cooperation with the Centre for Global Migration Studies Goettingen (CeMIG). It is supported by the Ministry of Science and Culture of Lower Saxony, … Continue reading Programme of the first AHN meeting “Intersections of Humanitarianism”, Goettingen, 01-03 November 2019