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Mobile Humanitarians: an afterword

Till Mostowlansky , April 20th, 2022


This webinar series set out to explore the relationship between mobility and humanitarianism, and our speakers opened up several new areas for thought and discussion. Over four episodes,…


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Mobile Humanitarians: Mobilities after Displacement

Ann-Christin Zuntz , April 18th, 2022


In this webinar series, we explore the relationship between mobility and humanitarianism in the course of four episodes. We – this is Till Mostowlansky, an anthropologist at The…


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Race, Security, and the Contradictions of Humanitarianism

Young-sun Hong , April 11th, 2022


In this webinar series, we explore the relationship between mobility and humanitarianism in the course of four episodes. We – this is Till Mostowlansky, an anthropologist at The…


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Being Like Family: Humanitarian Mobility and Metaphors of Kinship across Asia

Chika Watanabe , April 4th, 2022


  In this webinar series, we explore the relationship between mobility and humanitarianism in the course of four episodes. We – this is Till Mostowlansky, an anthropologist at…


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Building Aidland: Aid Workers and the Creation of a Global Aid Industry in the 1970s

Kevin O'Sullivan , March 28th, 2022


This webinar series explores the relationship between mobility and humanitarianism. Anthropologists and historians have defined humanitarianism as concern and action assisting a distant Other. Hav…


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“Nothing About Us Without Us!” Really?: The Unequal Value of Lives in Harm Reduction NGOs by Catherine Larocque

Catherine Larocque , March 25th, 2022


Canada, like most capitalist societies of the global North, faces “an unprecedented and devastating wave of overdoses” and overdose deaths (Wells, 2017), intensified by the COVID-19 pandemic (Governm…


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Coronavirus: Less Humanitarianism, More Politics!

Julie Billaud , March 25th, 2020


This essay was written seated on my couch, trying to make sense of the contemporary ‘state of emergency’ as the world around me has gradually come to a…


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On being voices of prudence in times of a pandemic – #Corona

Judith Beyer , March 23rd, 2020


Many academic disciplines have a lot to say these days about COVID-19. There are the medical experts, of course, epidemiologists, virologists, microbiologists, weighing in on the validity of…


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Out of Sight, Out of Mind: The No-Map and the Fear of Being in the No Go World

Ignacio Fradejas-García , September 26th, 2019


The NGO personnel in Gaziantep’s office (Turkey) was in shock. Little groups were talking loudly in Arabic, or keeping their lips firmly closed. “It was an air-strike”, my…


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Brokered Subjects: Sex, Trafficking, and the Politics of Freedom #Interview

Elizabeth Bernstein , September 16th, 2019


The topic of sex trafficking captured the imagination of the public for already a few decades. Despite the definition of trafficking being rather blurry, fighting against trafficking is frequently…


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#Review: Out of “love” and “solidarity”

Anna Kyriazi , July 19th, 2019


Out of “love” and “solidarity”, an ethnography written in Greek, is Katerina Rozakou’s insightful study of two volunteer organizations that helped refugees in Athens in the early 200…


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Muslim Humanitarianism: An Afterword #MUHUM

Julie Billaud , July 12th, 2019


What kind of practices, forms of moral reasoning and ethical orientation does Muslim humanitarianism entail? In what contexts and in response to what social problems does it arise?…


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Islam, Humanitarianism and everyday religion #MUHUM

Filippo Osella , July 11th, 2019


In this intervention I argue that charitable or humanitarian practices among contemporary Muslims— and everyday religiosity more generally—are constituted and experienced not only through differences …


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A Postcolonial Civic? Shi‘i Philanthropy and the Making and Marking of Urban Space in Mumbai #MUHUM

Radhika Gupta , July 9th, 2019


Scholarly discussions of charity, philanthropy and humanitarianism in varied contexts tend to uphold the moral ideal of giving for the sake of humanity at large or the common…


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Reflections on a Theory of Zakat #MUHUM

Christopher Taylor , July 4th, 2019


This inquiry into the role of “obligatory almsgiving” (zakat) within Muslim humanitarianism presents a theorization of two modes of Islamic charity: the purity ethos and the developmentalist ethos….


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Theorizing Humanitarianism for an Islamic Counterpublic #MUHUM

Basit Iqbal , July 3rd, 2019


Closely attending to Muslim theorizations provides an opportunity for social scientists to stop asking such questions as ‘what is so Islamic about Islamic humanitarianism?’ or ‘do Muslim humanitarians…


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The limits of medical heroism: reflections on Getting to Zero by Alice Street

Alice Street , May 21st, 2019


Getting to Zero: A Doctor and a Diplomat on the Ebola Frontline By Sinead Walsh and Oliver Johnson Zed Books, 2018. 352 pages. It is midnight and my…


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Ramah McKay’s Medicine in the Meantime: The Work of Care in Mozambique by Britt Halvorson

Britt Halvorson , September 19th, 2018


Medicine in the Meantime: The Work of Care in Mozambique Ramah McKay Duke University Press, 2018, 256 pages   The study of medical humanitarianism has grown tremendously in…


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A Note on MUHUM

Till Mostowlansky , May 22nd, 2018


Muslim Humanitarianism – short MUHUM – is a platform that seeks to foster debate on the complex relationship between charity, philanthropy, humanitarianism, development and Islam. In anthropological a…


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Till Motowlansky on Muslim Humanitarianism #Interview

Allegra , May 22nd, 2018


Till Mostowlansky is a Research Fellow at the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute in Geneva who was awarded an Ambizione grant from the Swiss…


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Call: Humanitarianism and Security: New Berghahn Books series

Antonio De Lauri , February 19th, 2018


Amid the growing convergence between the politics of aid and policing, emergency and military governance, securitization and the production of collective fear, this series examines humanitarianism and…


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#Humanitarianism(s) in socialist Red Cross societies

Maren Hachmeister , September 29th, 2017


The international Red Cross family built up a network of humanitarian aiders that one cannot pass over when thinking about 20th century humanitarianism. This article will cover a…


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#Humanitarianism tomorrow? Humanitarian actions in former Yugoslavia

Čarna Brković , September 28th, 2017


“We did it! Montenegro passed the great exam of humanness. In less than 48 hours it collected over 200,000EUR to help three-year-old Selena Mandic, who has neuroblastoma, a…


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Solidarity #humanitarianism: The blurred boundaries of humanitarianism in Greece

Katerina Rozakou , September 27th, 2017


Solidarity humanitarianism Taking as a vantage point the blossoming humanitarian milieu that emerged as a response to the “refugee crisis” in Greece after 2015, I reflect on how…


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