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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!