Conference Program Day 2: April 15

Thursday, 15 April, Thai Theatre

9:00-11:00 Parallel Sessions

Track 1A: Professionalisation — The Politics and Ethics of Humanitarianism

Chair: Mette Fog Olwig, Roskilde University

Discussant: Olivier Driessens, University of Cambridge

Humanitarianism in Socialism – Socialism in Humanitarianism. On the Practice of Giving in Late Cold War Europe

Cristian Capotescu, University of Michigan

Helping the Wounded as Religious Experience: The Free Burma Rangers in Karen state, Myanmar

Alexander Horstmann, University of Copenhagen

Humanitarian Restitution and Politics of Unrectifiable Loss: Insights from Vladimir Jankélévitch’s Concepts of Hapax and Irreversibility

    Magdalena Zolkos, Australian Catholic University

Talking about time: temporality, causality and motivation for international faith-­‐based humanitarian actors in South Sudan

 Amy Kaler, University of Alberta

John Parkins, University of Alberta

“It is important to talk about soap, but can we talk about the rights of women?”: Teaching Human Rights in Nyarugusu Camp

  Aditi D Surie von Czechowski, Columbia University

Track 2A: Commodification — The Humanitarian Marketplace

Chair: Lisa Ann Richey

Discussant: Pam DeLargy

A Responsibility to Profit? Social Impact Bonds as a Form of ‘Humanitarian Finance’

    Marco Andreu, University of Warwick

The power of a warm welcome: Public representations of Syrian refugees and the forging of everyday humanitarianism

    Uma Kothari, University of Manchester

Questions for Celanthropy: Hunger, Food and Poverty Interventions in the Gulf of Mexico

    Jeanne K. Firth, LSE

Corporate Sustainability Governance in the Post-humanitarian era

    Agni Kalfagianni, University of Utrecht

New Grammars of the Anthropocene?: Reflections on Post-Science Climate Politics,  Affect and Celebrity Politics in Showtime’s The Years of Living Dangerously

    Mike Goodman

11:00-11:15     Break

11:15-12:00     Keynote Speaker: Miriam Ticktin, New School

        “Everyday life without innocence?”

This talk will explore the concept of innocence, and how it has come to structure political life in everyday ways, locating humanitarianism as a central player in this politics. By discussing how classic figures of innocence — the child, the refugee, the trafficked victim, the civilian, the animal – have come to occupy our political imagination, this talk will ultimately attempt to imagine a world without innocence.

12:00-12:15     Discussant Dan Brockington, University of Sheffiel

12:15-12.30     Discussion in Plenary

12:30-13:30     Lunch

13:30-15:30 Parallel Sessions

Track 3A: Technologisation — Mediatization, Spectacle and the Politics of Pity

Chair: Lilie Chouliaraki

Discussant: Uma Kothari

The influence of foundation funding on humanitarian news: A framework for


    Mel Bunce, City University London

    Martin Scott, University of East Anglia

(Inter)actively watching distant suffering on the news

    Eline Huiberts, Ghent University

 Transnational Climate Justice in/and the Media: Indigenous Activism at the  International Climate Summits

    Anna Roosvall, Stockholm University

 Mediating ‘unimaginable’ suffering: Cosmopolitanism in participatory documentary  filmmaking

    Karina Horsti, Academy of Finland/University of Jyväskylä

Track 1B: Professionalisation — The Politics and Ethics of Humanitarianism

Chair: Dan Brockington

Discussant: Amy Kaler


Faith-Based Organizations: Humanitarian Duty or Religious Mission

    Riham Ahmed Khafagy, Institute for Islamic World Studies, Zayed University

‘Making Their way through the World’: Casual Labour in Media/Humanitarianism

Kate Wright, University of Roehampton

Economies of Humanitarian Architecture   

    Kai Mood Mah, School of Architecture, Laurentian University

    Patrick Lync RIvers, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

15:30-15:45 Break

15.45-17:45 Parallel Sessions

Track 2 B: Commodification — The Humanitarian Marketplace

Chair: Suzanne Franks

Discussant: Martin Scott

Comic Relief and humanitarian aid: Doing something funny for money?

    Christine Barnes, King’s College London

Justin Trudeau: Empathetic Politician or Celebrity Humanitarian?

    Jane Chamberlin, University of Calgary

Human Rights, Democracy and Celebrity

Mark Wheeler, London Metropolitan University

Take Action Now: The Legitimacy of Celebrity Power in International Relations

    Lena Partzsch, University of Freiburg

Track 3 B: Technologisation — Mediatization, Spectacle and the Politics of Pity

Chair: Mirca Madianou

Discussant: Miriam Ticktin

“Cosmopolitan” Cities: Performing Solidarity – Mediating Space

    Miyase Christensen, Royal Institute of Technology/Stockholm University

 Beyond the border spectacle: Migration across the Mediterranean Sea

    Pierluigi Musarò, University of Bologna

 The “Need to Be There”: Humanitarian Orientalisms in Lebanon’s Emergency Crises

    Estella Carpi, Trends Research & Advisor

 Humanitarian Categorization of Victimhood: Tracing the International Committee of the Red Cross’ Categorization of Victimhood in the Nigeria-Biafra Conflict, 1967-70  

    Mie Vestergaard, Roskilde University

17:45-18:15 Concluding Plenary

18.30 Conference Dinner