Round Table: The Politics and Everyday Practice of International Humanitarianism

This author-meets-critics roundtable brings together experts in ethics, history, law and politics to discuss Miriam Bradley’s book, The Politics and Everyday Practice of International Humanitarianism. Through a combination of detailed case studies of humanitarian emergencies and thematic chapters which cover key concepts, actors and activities, this book explores the work of the largest international humanitarian agencies. Its central argument is that politics play a fundamental role in determining humanitarian needs, practices, and outcomes. In making this argument, the book highlights the many challenges and dilemmas facing humanitarian agencies in the contemporary world. Divided into four sections, the book provides a wide-ranging survey of contemporary international humanitarianism. The first section begins by presenting chapter-length case studies of the international responses to eleven humanitarian emergencies from the 1960s to the present day across Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Europe; the second explains key concepts and trends in international humanitarianism; the third discusses how the work of international humanitarian agencies interacts with a range of other actors-including media, celebrities, donors, states, civil society, military forces and armed groups-who have significant impacts on humanitarian response and outcomes; and the fourth turns to the operations and activities undertaken by aid agencies on a daily basis.


Miriam Bradley


  • Miriam Bradley, Senior Lecturer in Humanitarian Studies, University of Manchester (in person)
  • Bertrand Taithe, Professor of Cultural History, University of Manchester (online)
  • Asli Ozcelik Olcay, Lecturer in International Law, University of Glasgow (online)
  • Lisa Ann Richey, Professor of Globalization, Copenhagen Business School (online)
  • Kristoffer Lidén, Senior Researcher, Peace Research Institute Oslo (in person)

Date and Time

6 November, 11:00 –12:30 (GMT+6)

Room SAC-1130