Prof. Fiddian-Qasmiyeh discusses ‘Decolonisation in Forced Migration and Humanitarian Response’

On Friday the 12th of February 2021, Southern Responses to Displacement’s PI, Prof. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, joined Juilano Fiori, Head of Humanitarian Studies at Save the Children and Patricia Daley from Oxford University, to discuss ‘Decolonisation in Forced Migration and Humanitarian Response.’

Speakers reflected on Eurocentrism, anti-colonial thinking, and the importance of de-colonising aid, examining how humanitarianism takes a ‘Western’ approach and what that means for the kind of aid offered in the ‘Global South’?

You can watch a recording of the discussion below:


The event was hosted by the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute online.


Further reading:

You can read a transcript of Prof. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh interviewing Juliano Fiori about debates relating to the politics of knowledge and the urgency of anti-colonial action. The piece, titled Migration, Humanitarianism, and the Politics of Knowledge – An Interview with Juliano Fiori, reflects on Eurocentrism and coloniality in studies of and responses to migration and is available here.

You can read an extract from Prof. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh and Prof. Patricia Daley’s introduction to the Handbook of South-South Relations examing a range of terminologies, taxonomies, and conceptualisations of the global ‘North’ and ‘South’ here.

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