In conversation with the Kahkaha project in Lebanon: an effective example of a Southern-led initiative.

‘One cannot come from outside and decide people’s needs on the basis of assumptions or experiences lived somewhere else.’ In this blog post Dr Estella Carpi interviews Lina Khoury, the founder of the Kahkaha project in Lebanon.  The Kahkaha project aims to blur the boundaries between urban and Palestinian refugee camp spaces.   To do this the... Continue Reading →

Empires of ‘inclusion’?

In this blog post, Southern Responses’ Research Associate Dr Estella Carpi explores the implications of the concept and process of ‘inclusion’ in relation to South-South Cooperation. This critique sheds new light on the challenges that the ‘localisation of aid’ agenda needs to face to become more responsive in humanitarian contexts.

Histories and spaces of Southern-led responses to displacement

In this blog post Prof. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh highlights the need for the analyses of local responses to be more attentive to the longstanding history of diverse “local/Southern” actors and examines the ways in which Southern-led responses can work alongside, or explicitly challenge, Northern-led responses to displacement.

Humanitarianism and Postcoloniality: A Look at Academic Texts

In this blog post, Southern Responses' Research Associate, Dr Estella Carpi, uses her experience of teaching humanitarianism in Lebanon, Turkey and Italy, to examine how 'northern-born' theories and frameworks of humanitarianism interact with the 'cultural dispositions' of students and how, in turn,  these interactions influence student responses to humanitarian teaching.    

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