VERANSTALTUNG: EASA AHN Workshop „Intersections of Humanitarianism“, Uni Goettingen, 01.-03. November


Liebe Kolleginnen und Kollegen, sehr geehrte Listenmitglieder,
wir möchten Sie herzlich zu dem kickoff Workshop des EASA „Anthropology of Humanitarianism“ Netzwerks einladen, der am 01.-03. November 2019 an der Georg-August-Universität stattfinden wird.
Mehr informationen zum Workshop finden Sie unten in dieser Email, im Anhang und unter dem folgenden Link:

Um Anmeldung wird gebeten bis 28. Oktober unter cemig(at)
Ihr könnt die Einladung gerne weiterleiten.
Mit freundlichen GrüßenJens AdamCarna BrkovicAntonio De LauriSabine Hess



IntersectionSof Humanitarianism

AHN kickoffworkshop

01-03November, Convention Centre by the Observatory, Goettingen




Friday, 01 November

Arrival until 16h



17:00-18:00 Opening ofthe workshop


Sabine Hess (Georg-August University) and Jens Adam (Georg-AugustUniversity)


Anthropology ofHumanitarianism Network

Carna Brkovic(Georg-August University) and Antonio De Lauri (Chr. Michelsen Institute,Bergen)


18:00-19:30 Keynote talk

Elizabeth C. Dunn (Indiana University, Bloomington): “Humanitarianismand the Manhunt: Migration and Predatory Sovereignty“


20:00 Dinner at the restaurant “Apex Kultur”, Burgstr. 46



09:00-10:45 Intersections between Humanitarianism,Voluntarism, and Activism

Discussant: Sabine Hess (Universityof Goettingen)

Marie Sandberg (University ofCopenhagen) and Synnøve Bendixsen (University of Bergen): “Researching VolunteersBeyond Humanitarianism: Doubt, Complexities of Hope and Melancholia”

Tess Altmann (University ofSouthampton): “Healing Charity’s Wounds?Fairness, Gifting and Making Exceptions in an Australian Humanitarian Foodbank”

Marijana Hamersak (Institute ofEthnology and Foklore Research): “Humanitarianismand Activism: Reporting Push-Backs at the Balkan Route”

Ildiko Zakarias (HungarianAcademy of Sciences) and Margit Feischmidt (Hungarian Academy of Sciences): “RefugeeSolidarity Beyond Voluntary Initiatives: Limitations and Potentials”


10:45-11:15Coffee break


11:15-13:00Scaling Humanitarianism

Discussant: Carna Brkovic(University of Goettingen)

Anne-MeikeFechter (University ofSussex): “‘Every Person Counts’: TheProblem of Scale in Everyday Humanitarianism”

Robin Vandevoordt (University ofOxford): “Subversive Humanitarianism. Rethinking Refugee Solidarity ThroughGrass-Roots Initiatives”

Tom Widger (Durham University): “Thehumanitarian poor: Poverty, Charity, and Community in Sri Lanka”

Jan Grill (University of Valle): “Encountering Compassion. Venezuelan Migrantsand Emerging Forms of Humanitarianism in Colombia”



13:00-14:00Buffet lunch



14:00-15:30Humanitarianism and Militarization

Discussant:Antonio De Lauri (Chr. Michelsen Institute, Bergen)

Luisa Enria (University of Bath):“‘Like January 6th’: Humanitarianism and Militarisation in SierraLeone’s Ebola Outbreak”

Pınar H. Şenoğuz (University ofGoettingen), Ignacio Fradejas-García (Autonomous University of Barcelona),Covagonda Murias Quintana: “Borders, Infrastructures and Imaginations of HumanitarianRemoteness in Syrian Crisis”

Andrea Steinke (Free UniversityBerlin): “Humanitarianism, Development and Security: MINUSTAH and the Triple Nexusin Haiti”


15:30-16:00Coffee break


16:00-17:30Contemporary Experiments with Humanitarianism: Exploring the Role ofConsultants and Experts (roundtable)

Discussant:Michi Knecht (University of Bremen)

ValeriaHänsel (University of Goettingen)

HendrikSimon (IUVENTA Solidarity-At-Sea)

ShakiraBedoya (Danske Bank & ISO)





09:00-10:45 Intersections Between Humanitarianismand Religion

Discussant: Anne-Meike Fechter (University of Sussex)

Till Mostowlansky (The GraduateInstitute Geneva): “Humanitarianism and Muslim Networks in High Asia”

Ela Drazkiewicz (Maynooth University): “Moral Economy of Foreign aid: The Catholic Dimensionof Polish aid”

Alexander Horstmann (Tallin University): “An American Hero:Faith-Based Emergency Health Care in Karen State, Myanmar”

Emina Osmandzikovic: “Experience fromthe Field: Humanitarian Assistance and Islam in Saudi Arabia”


10:45-11:15 coffee break


11:15-13:00 Intersections Between Humanitarianism, Human Rights, and the State

Discussant:Jens Adam (University of Goettingen)

Jessica Greenberg (Universityof Illinois, Urbana-Champaign): “SovereignBodies: Evidence, Jurisdiction and State Responsibility at the European Courtof Human Rights”

Tomas Ledvinka (Charles University):“Negotiating ‘Traditional identity’ inRe-Localised Humanitarian Space: The Orientalisation of Yemeni Immigrants inthe Contemporary Czech Asylum Regime”

Eda Sevinin (Central EuropeanUniversity): “Upholding Statist Discourses Through Benevolence: Material andDiscursive Practices of Islamically-Oriented Humanitarian Networks in Turkey”

Susanne Schmelter (University ofGoettingen): “Migration Struggles alongthe Humanitarian Border. Syrian Displacement in Lebanon and Ways to Travel to Europe”



Buffetlunch: 13:00-14:00



14:00-15:45(Decolonizing) Transnational Humanitarianism

Discussant:Ela Drazkiewicz (University of Maynooth)

Yasin Emre Kucukkaya (Middle EastTechnical Uni METU): “Decolonizing the TransnationalHumanitarian Governance: A Critical Discourse Analysis of the Emergency SocialSafety Net (ESSN) Program in Turkey”

Maria Lidola (University ofKonstanz): “Beyond Duty, Solidarity andCrisis: Care, Temporality and Sensitive Encounters in Cuba’s International MedicalCooperation with Brazil”

Romana Pozniak (Institute ofEthnology and Folklore Research): “Autoethnographyof Humanitarian Work – Between Voluntarism, Humanitarianism and Research “

Ekatherina Zhukova (University ofCopenhagen): “Private Humanitarian Responsesto Disaster Vulnerabilities: The Chernobyl Children from Belarus in Italy”


15:45-16:15Coffee break


16:15-17:30 Future of the AHN: synergies, panels, publications, research projects,meetings

Chairs: Carna Brkovic (Georg-AugustUniversity), Antonio De Lauri (Chr. Michelsen Institute, Bergen), and JelkaGunther (CeMIG)



The Anthropology ofHumanitarianism kickoff workshop “Intersections of Humanitarianism” issupported by the Ministry of Science and Culture of Lower Saxony, Council forEuropean Studies at Columbia University, EASA, and CeMIG


If you wish to join theworkshop for the discussions, please register by 28 October by sending anemail to No registration is necessary for attending thekeynote lecture.




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