Prof. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh to deliver the Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies Annual Lecture: ‘Against the Humanitarian Grain’

Drawing on the Southern Responses to Displacement project, Prof Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh will deliver the NCHS Annual Lecture at the Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies on the 4th of November 2022. Abstract: 'In this lecture I propose moving beyond, or even against, what I conceptualise as “the humanitarian grain”, including by exploring what can be gained... Continue Reading →

A colonial past and humanitarian present.

Despite continued calls for the decolonisation of humanitarian research and practice, many argue that action to dismantle the colonial legacy of the ‘global North’ in the ‘global South’ is having little impact. In this two part blog piece, Sorcha Daly, Southern Responses to Displacement’s Project and Communications Coordinator, draws largely on Prof. Fiddian-Qasmiyeh’s and Dr... Continue Reading →

Bringing Social Class into Humanitarian Debates: The Case of Northern Lebanon – Part Two The Hidden Role of Social Class

In Part Two of this two-part series examining class-based inequality that can be both ignored and exacerbated by humanitarian programmes and aid workers, Dr Carpi draws on research conducted for the Southern Responses to Displacement project and argues that economic changes brought about by the introduction of a humanitarian economy of consumerism and labour in... Continue Reading →

Migration, Humanitarianism, and the Politics of Knowledge – An Interview with Juliano Fiori

This piece reflects on Eurocentrism and coloniality in studies of and responses to migration. Prof. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh interviews Juliano Fiori, Head of Studies (Humanitarian Affairs) at Save the Children, about debates relating to the politics of knowledge and the urgency of anti-colonial action. Fiori discusses the ideological and epistemological bases of responses to migration, why... Continue Reading →

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