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Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh and Juliano Fiori

, European citizens’ movements have mobilized resources to prevent the death of people crossing the Mediterranean. Initiatives like Alarm Phone, Open Arms, Sea Watch, and SOS MEDITERRANEE seem to represent a politicized humanitarianism for the network age

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Neutrality in foreign aid

Shifting contexts, shifting meanings—examples from South Sudan

Elżbieta Drążkiewicz

-Roazen 1998 ; Fassin 2007 ). Medical assistance is just one element of its extensive repertoire. Finally, the separation of humanitarianism from development has progressively dissolved ( Feldman 2011 ; Slim 2000 ). Amid this changing global political

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Welcoming Acts

Temporality and Affect among Volunteer Humanitarians in the UK and USA

Rachel Humphris and Kristin Elizabeth Yarris

acts, we situate this article within critical studies of humanitarianism and cultural studies of affect politics. With anthropologists of humanitarianism ( Fassin 2011 ; Ticktin 2014 ), we develop a critique of volunteer-based humanitarian efforts to

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Antonio De Lauri

The limits and consequences of humanitarian military operations continue to be major issues in Western public debates on global security, democracy and human rights. This article focuses on the intersection of war and humanitarianism, situating the study of humanitarian militarism within a European context in which a reinvigorated proliferation of the military ethos coexists with ongoing transformations in European military culture and a resurgence of nation‐state ideologies. Building on a reflection of the historical consolidation of humanitarian militarism and interviews conducted with soldiers, the paper explores the politics of humanity produced by humanitarian militarism.

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Dimitrios Theodossopoulos

That philanthropy perpetuates the conditions that cause inequality is an old argument shared by thinkers such as Karl Marx, Oscar Wilde and Slavoj Žižek. I recorded variations of the same argument in local conversations regarding growing humanitarian concern in austerity‐ridden Greece. Local critiques of the efficacy of humanitarianism, which I explore here ethnographically, bring to the fore two parallel possibilities engendered by the ‘humanitarian face’ of solidarity initiatives: first, their empowering potential (where solidarity initiatives enhance local social awareness), and second, the de‐politicisation of the crisis (a liability that stems from the effectiveness of humanitarianism in ameliorating only temporarily the superficial consequences of the crisis). These two possibilities – which I treat as simultaneous and interrelated – can help us appreciate the complexity and social embeddedness of humanitarian solidarity in times of austerity.

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Faisal Devji

A global society has come into being, but as yet it possesses no political institutions proper to its name. I will make the case that new forms of militancy, like that of al-Qaeda, achieve meaning in this institutional vacuum while representing, in their own way, the search for a global politics. From environmentalism to pacifism, such a worldwide politics can only be one that takes humanity itself as its object. This article aims to show that militant practices are informed by the same search that animates humanitarianism, which has become the global aim and signature of all politics today.

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“Before the War, Life Was Much Brighter and Happier than Today”

Letters from French War Orphans, 1915–1922

Bethany S. Keenan

help my little ones?’” 111 In this way, humanitarianism became a type of cultural diplomacy, linking the two countries together via aid, and the fundraising effort the counterpart of military action. Orphan letters mirrored this, conceptualizing

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Making the State Blush

Humanizing Relations in an Australian NGO Campaign for People Seeking Asylum

Tess Altman

identified divisive aspects across the ideological spectrum. While humanitarian discourses were powerful counter-narratives to nationalist discourse, campaigners recognized, as have anthropologists critiquing humanitarianism (e.g., Fassin 2012 ; Malkki 2015

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Capturing Crisis

Solar Power and Humanitarian Energy Markets in Africa

Jamie Cross

practice not contradictory “logics” but mutually enabling practices’ (ibid.). I propose that we might extend this insight to the refugee camp, and to sites or spaces of humanitarian action. Classic and contemporary studies of humanitarianism and

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Heather Wurtz and Olivia Wilkinson

-Nakib-Ager-Local-faith-communities-and-humanitarian-response-in-Irbid-.pdf . Ensor , Marisa Olivo . 2003 . “ Disaster Evangelism: Religion as a Catalyst for Change in Post-Mitch Honduras .” International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters 21 ( 2 ): 31 – 49 . Ferris , E . 2011 . “ Faith and Humanitarianism: It