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Migration, Humanitarianism, and the Politics of Knowledge

An Interview with Juliano Fiori

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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Vernacular Humanitarianisms

An Introduction

Čarna Brković

civic right. The kind of humanitarian imaginary and practice that underlies this petition is different from that of ‘transnational humanitarianism’ ( Ticktin 2014 ) and its mobile sovereignty ( Pandolfi 2008 ), which jumps from one place to another

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Religious Nationalism, Strategic Detachment and the Politics of Vernacular Humanitarianism in Post-War Sri Lanka

Tom Widger

universal condition for and experience of mental health, government officials advocated for the establishment of support services developed from vernacular traditions, including Ayurveda and Buddhism. Such use of a rhetoric of ‘universal’ humanitarianism

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Care as political revolution?

Miriam Ticktin

-immigration policies to the most recently world-changing COVID-19 pandemic and the racial stratification and violence it has revealed, along with the global economic repercussions it has initiated. New enactments of care in this context, like humanitarianism, have

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Disappointment and awkwardness as ugly feelings

Humanitarian affect in a “Global East”

Čarna Brković

article asks what humanitarianism looks like as a political formation from the perspective of the Eastern European semi-periphery. It explores what the emergence of disappointment and awkwardness in humanitarianism in a “Global East” tells us about

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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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‘Every Person Counts’

The Problem of Scale in Everyday Humanitarianism

Anne-Meike Fechter

everyday humanitarians in Cambodia, their response to this situation consists of making and deploying their own scales, such as that of the single individual. Adopting a scalar approach to humanitarianism more generally avoids dismissing such efforts as

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Humanitarian militarism and the production of humanity

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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Between Prefigurative Politics and Collaborative Governance

Vernacular Humanitarianism in the Migration Movements of 2015

Ove Sutter

The article discusses the civic engagement of humanitarian assistance to refugees during the migration movements of 2015. Drawing on an ethnographic case study of an event of voluntary aid for refugees, I examine how the activities can be understood as a civil society intervention in the political event of “the long summer of migration.” I argue that the voluntary refugee relief of 2015 should be conceived as “vernacular humanitarianism.” As such, the participants carried out activities of self-organized prefigurative politics, in which they experimented with the materialization and realization of their ideas about social relationships, community and the treatment of refugees, while they were simultaneously entangled in arrangements of collaborative governance, where they contributed to the local authorities’ migration management.