Humanitarianism and Inequality

Panel details

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Number of paper presentations 9


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Dr Tobias Denskus (Malmö University), Dr Bandana Purkayastha (University of Connecticut), Dr Silke Roth (University of Southampton)

Our panel approaches humanitarianism and inequality in a historical and global perspective. We recognise that contemporary global inequalities are grounded in the long-lasting legacies of colonialism which underpin racialised capitalism. We employ a broad and multi-faceted understanding of humanitarianism and invite papers that do so as well. Most forms of humanitarianism not only address, but also reproduce inequality. We encourage submissions that address humanitarianism and inequality at transnational, national, organisational, local and intersubjective levels. We are also interested in contributions that approach humanitarianism and inequality from an intersectional perspective, that means that we consider how multiple forms of privilege and disadvantage intersect at all levels of analysis. We perceive aid organisations and gendered and racialised organisations and are interested in contributions that address the role of economic differences. We welcome papers that analyse how inequalities are reproduced, for example in the relationship between donors and recipients of aid, but also papers that discuss efforts to overcome inequalities through solidarity groups and grassroots humanitarianism. We are open to include papers that address the geopolitics of humanitarianism, focus on specific organisations, regions or issues, for example the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic or digital humanitarianism.

Date & Time

November 4th, 2021
11:00 (GMT +6)
Amphithéâtre Jeannie de Clarens
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November 4th, 2021
13:30 (GMT +6)
Amphithéâtre Jeannie de Clarens
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Silke Roth
University of Southampton