Everyday Humanitarianism: Ethics, Affects and Practices

Convened by Lilie Chouliaraki (London School of Economics and Political Science) and Lisa Ann Richey (Roskilde University, Denmark)

New Academic Building, Lincolns Inn Fields, LSE

April 14-15, 2016


Thursday, 14 April

New Academic Building, Lower Ground Floor, Wolfson Theatre

12:00-13.00 Registration

13:00-13:30 Conference Welcome

Lilie Chouliaraki, LSE

Lisa Ann Richey, Roskilde University

13.30-14.00 Keynote Speaker Craig Calhoun, LSE Director,

“When Emergencies Are Constant: Idealism, Practical and Impractical”

14.00-14.30 Keynote Speaker Lilie Chouliaraki, LSE

“Post-humanitarianism as Everyday Humanitarianism”

14:30-15:00 Discussion

15:00-15:15 Tea Break

15:15-17:45 Launch of Celebrity Humanitarianism and North-South Relations: Politics, Place and Power

Lisa Ann Richey, Editor, Roskilde University

15:15-15:30 Introduction to the book

15:30-16:10 Individual Chapter Highlights

Irony and Politically Incorrect Humanitarianism: Danish Celebrity-led Benefit Events

Mette Fog Olwig and Lene Bull Christiansen, Roskilde University

Ben Affleck Goes to Washington: Celebrity Advocacy, Access and Influence

Alexandra Budabin, University of Dayton

Celebrity Philanthrophy in China: the Political Critique of Pu Cunxin’s AIDS Heroism

Johanna Hood, Roskilde University

16:10-16:30 Discussant Pam DeLargy, Special Adviser, United Nations

16:30-16:50 Discussant Mirca Madianou, Goldsmiths College

16:50-17:10 Discussant Suzanne Franks, City University London

17:10 -17:45 Discussion

17:45 Wine Reception for all participants

Friday, 15 April

Thai Theatre and Wolfson Theater

8:30-9:00 Registration

9:00-11:00 Parallel Sessions

Track 1A: Professionalisation — The Politics and Ethics of Humanitarianism (Thai Theatre)

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

Track 2A: Commodification — The Humanitarian Marketplace (Wolfson)

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, University of Reading

11:00-11:15 Break

11:15-12:00 Keynote Speaker: Miriam Ticktin, The New School (Wolfson Theatre)

“Everyday life without innocence?”

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

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 (Thai Theatre)

Chair: Lilie Chouliaraki

Discussant: Uma Kothari

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

Mel Bunce, City University London

Martin Scott, University of East Anglia

(Inter)actively watching distant suffering on the news

Eline Huiberts, Ghent University

Justice and Solidarity in a Globalizing Age: The Example of Transnational Climate Justice, Indigenous Peoples and the Media

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 (Wolfson Theatre)

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

“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

Post-humanitarian  slum tourism? ‘City Walks’ with former street children in Delhi

    Tore Elias Harsløf Mukherjee Holst, Roskilde University

Economies of Humanitarian Architecture Practice

Kai Wood Mah, School of Architecture, Laurentian University

Patrick Lynn 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 (Thai Theatre)

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 (Wolfson Theatre)

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 & Advisory

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 (Wolfson Theatre)

18:30 Conference Dinner for participants