PhD candidate – International Law, University of Ottawa
Interests: The nature of the international legal framework governing official development assistance (IDCL – international law of development co-operation). Critical and post-colonial perspectives on international law. I am completing my doctorate in international law on the nature of the international legal framework governing official development assistance (IDCL – international law of development co-operation). My research draws from critical and post-colonial perspectives on international law. As part of my research, I aim to demonstrate how the contemporary legal framework on IDCL has its origins in the colonial era. I explore this through an examination of the EU’s legal aid architecture, and specifically in relation to the Cotonou Partnership Agreement.
Historian at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Québec.
Interests: Humanitarian History as it applies to public history initiatives (museum/archival exhibits, virtual exhibits, films, etc.) and possibilities for the collection of related 3-D material culture (artifacts).
Simplice Ayangma Bonoho
PhD History (University of Geneva and University of Yaoundé I), Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at Bishop’s University for 2021-23
Research Interests: Canadian health care aid to francophone Africa. He is specifically interested in the history of health development policies implemented in Africa since the end of World War II. He summarized his work for the “Lightning Lecture in Environment, Health, and History” series at https://networks.h-net.org/lightning-lectures-environment-health-and-history-healthy-environment-prophylactic-measure-colonial.
Professor – History, Kings / University of Western Ontario
Interests: Human rights / Canadian Humanitarianism/ Publishing on Canada and Biafra shortly in a forthcoming collection
Undergraduate Research Assistant, Carleton University
Interests: Eleanor Barney is participating in the History Practicum internship course. Her current research goal is to provide a report of the history of the Partnership Africa Canada (PAC) to the Communications Director, Zuzia Danielski, for use with the group’s 30th anniversary plans.
Kristin Bergtora Sandvik
S.J.D Harvard Law School (2008), Research Professor in Humanitarian Studies (PRIO), Associate Professor Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law (UiO).
Interests: Sandvik’s socio-legal research focus on accountability and humanitarian governance (legalization, rights-based approaches, GBV, innovation and technology). She also works on refugee resettlement (Uganda) and IDP legal mobilization (Colombia).
PhD Candidate, Free University of Berlin, Transnational Studies
Interests: Oheneba is currently writing his dissertation on humanitarian norms and actions by the African Union. Beyond this, his research interests include humanitarianism, international relations of the global South, Global Studies, and international organizations.
Professor – Wilfrid Laurier University, History and Youth & Children’s Studies
Interests: How Canadian women have worked with and against the state to improve women’s rights, advocate for peace, and increase the safety of children and families endangered by militarization during the World Wars and Cold War
Professor Emeritus political economy – University of Toronto, former Director of Oxfam
Interests: Long time chair of Oxfam Canada and Vice Chair of Oxfam international, political economist; extensive experience in the conceptualization of humanitarian aid and its application. I am interested in both humanitarian aid as it and its elements (food, shelter, health etc.) are normally defined, but also in a more extensive linkage between this and broader human rights (gender equality, security/protection, sexual orientation, empowerment etc.) with the latter as an integral element in the content of aid.
Professor – History, Royal Military College
Interests: Canadian Cultural / Diplomatic history of Humanitarianism
Independent Researcher, Founder – Freedom From Hunger Project
Interests: Development of international humanitarianism in Canada and internationally since 1960. FAO’s Freedom From Hunger Campaign (FFHC), Canadian Hunger Foundation (CHF) and proliferation of NGOs as a result of FFHC and CHF. Narrative arc of international development movements and popular campaigns to raise awareness on the problem of hunger and poverty. I operate a voluntary research and outreach project designed to commemorate and further the goals of FFHC and to combat hunger and poverty.
Interests: International, Canadian history, military, naval history. I’m interested in how military history intersects with humanitarianism and negotiating the boundaries of public debate with respect to conflict and social well-being.
Part time professor – History, St. Mary’s University
Interests: Canadian foreign assistance / aid / Cold War Humanitarianism
PhD candidate, University of Washington in Seattle.
Interest: I am a former diplomat working on human rights in the U.S. Department of State and humanitarian assistance in the U.S. Agency for International Development
PhD Candidate – History, Carleton University
Interests: Christine’s focus is on the negative impact of the drug thalidomide on Ghana, which was marketed from the mid-1950s to late 1961 by the German company Grünenthal as medication to alleviate morning sickness in pregnant women.
Associate Professor – University of Alberta
About: Dominique Clément is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Alberta and an Adjunct Professor in the Departments of History & Classics and Educational Policy Studies. He is the author of Canada’s Rights Revolution, Equality Deferred and Human Rights in Canada. He is also the co-editor for Alberta’s Human Rights Story and Debating Dissent. Clément has been a Visiting Scholar in Australia and the United Kingdom, and is the author of numerous articles on the history of human rights, social movements and women’s history. He has consulted for the Canadian Human Rights Commission, Canadian Museum for Human Rights and the Canadian Heritage Information Network, and is currently on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, Association for Canadian Studies, L’Institut d’études canadiennes de l’Université de l’Alberta, Centre for Constitutional Studies and the Canadian Committee on Women’s History. Clément manages an expansive website, www.HistoryOfRights.ca, which serves as a research and teaching portal on the history of human rights in Canada.
PhD candidate – History, Guelph
Interest: Natonal identity and popular perceptions of foreign aid in Canada since World War Two.
Ruth Compton Brouwer
Professor – History, University of Western Ontario
Interests: History of CUSO / Mission History / Humanitarianism and Gender
MfA candidate, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario
Interests: I’m currently an MFA candidate in the Documentary Media program in the Yeates School of Graduate Studies at Ryerson University in Toronto. For my main research, I’m pursuing a documentary project related to building collective memory among former Salvadoran refugees, forced into camps in Honduras during the civil war between 1980 and 1991. As a starting point, I’m exploring the archival photographs and refugee accounts gathered by Meyer Brownstone, Chair Emeritus of Oxfam Canada, during his visits to those refugee camps in the 1980s. Project completion will be Summer 2017.
Works: Find an early version of Peter’s current project here.
Former Director of Oxfam Canada and independent researcher
Sonya de Laat
PhD Candidate, Western University (formerly University of Western Ontario)
Interests: Research Coordinator in Humanitarian Health Ethics at McMaster University (John Pringle is a member of our extended team). My interests include cultural histories of visuals, particularly their roles in the constitution of humanitarian imaginations. I am exploring this claim in my dissertation through four case studies that reach back to the early days of photography and the inception of an international humanitarian movement.
RA and Assistant Lecturer, University of Melbourne
Interests: Alexandra Dellios is an historian of migration and memory studies. She received her PhD in history from the University of Melbourne in March 2015. Her book on migrant settlement in postwar Australia, Histories of Controversy: Bonegilla Migrant Centre, will be published in August 2017.
Professor – History, Carleton University
Interest: Global South – particularly Africa and the Caribbean
Marie Michèle Doucet
Interests: Recent PhD at the Université de Montréal. Work on French women’s humanitarian aid in Germany after the Great War. My work on this subject as been presented at the international conference Vivere la guerra. Pensare la pace (1914-1921). Le espierienze delle donne, il pensiero feminista e la relazioni internazionali in Venice, Italy, in November 2014 and will soon be published under the title “Helping the German Children : French Humanitarian Aid and Franco-German Reconciliation After the Great War (1919-1925)” in a collective book at Cambridge Scholar Publishing (2015).
PhD Candidate – History, McGill University
Interests: British Red Cross, Christian Aid, Oxfam /Save the Children
Graduate Student, Faculty of Education, Western University (Canada)
Interests: Children’s rights, Social context of education and the relationship between education, architecture, and space. Her current research explores how education and architecture intersect in humanitarian contexts. In addition to research, Ksenia collaborates with non-profit organizations such as “Architects without Borders” (Spain) and “TECHO” (Panama).
John W. Foster
Professor – Sociology / Former Director Oxfam Canada, Carleton University; Participant observer of Canadian-based international development NGOs; participant observer of Canadian organizations dealing with international human rights and the UN system; participant observer of international solidarity movements focused particularly on Latin America. I am currently teaching (distance education) in International Studies and Justice Studies at the University of Regina, while based in Ottawa.
Interests: Globalization and Human Rights / Religion and Humanitarianism. Collaborator with researchers in Halifax, Fredericton, Toronto and Ottawa in a collective history of the thirty year experience of the Latin American Working Group (1966-96), based in Toronto.
Post doctoral fellow, SOAS, London
Interests: Humanitarian aid in India, post-famine conditions and the post-partition decade in Bengal (India) 1945-59, documents related to politics of relief and distribution of food supplies.
Project Officer at CARE Canada
Interests: Coordinator of PAGER, the Policy Action Group for Emergency Response, a 32 member agency which includes all major operational humanitarian organisations with Canada.
Interests: John is interested in many aspects of this broad field: social medical history, history of the welfare state, history of veterans, history of disabilities, history of war trauma, histories of war philanthropies and war charities, history of war crimes, history of cultural property protections in armed conflicts, history of international humanitarian laws applicable in maritime armed conflicts, etc. He focuses on Canada and World War I, but also has deep interests in the war generally including neutrals. John can readily assist with imagery, iconographical issues, archival sources, administrative and institutional histories. One of his previous dbs includes all the officially recognized WWII Canadian war charities (1938-1950). He is currently researching a history of a local war veterans health care facility in Toronto, founded and operated by the Toronto Branch of the Canadian Red Cross Society.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for International Studies (CÉRIUM), affiliated with the Center of Asian Studies (CÉTASE) – University of Montréal
Lecturer, Department of History, University of Montreal.
Interests: History of Medicine and Health in China, with a focus on Missionary Medicine; Mother and Infant Health; Women, Gender, and Western Medicine.
Department of History – University of PEI, and Volunteer archives assistant, Canadian Red Cross
Interests: History of the Red Cross in Canada
Universities of Geneva and Lausanne (Switzerland).
Interests: An historian and media scholar with a strong interest in the visual culture of humanitarian action and photography in particular. Areas of research are related to the history of communication and humanitarian action and to the evolution and uses of photojournalism in modern times. She has been conducting research on the history and media coverage of famines, and on the link between citizen photojournalism, (eye)witnessing and advocacy strategies in humanitarian settings. She is currently working on a research project related to the shift between amateur to professional imagery among relief agencies (1860s-1960s) and their activist use of images.
Visiting Fellow in Residence, Liu Institute for Global Issues, University of British Columbia.
Interests and Research: Rhonda Gossen is a senior consultant with the UNDP Crisis Response Unit. A former career CIDA professional and Canadian diplomat posted throughout Asia and Africa, Rhonda now works on early recovery and resilience within humanitarian response and post crisis recovery. In 2014, She was assigned with UNHCR in Lebanon on the Syrian refugee crisis, in 2015 in Nepal with UNDP post-earthquake and in 2016 in Nigeria, South Sudan and Southern Africa with UNDP. Between 2010-2013, she was Head of Cooperation in Pakistan. She is affiliated with the Liu Institute for Global Issues at UBC previously heading a conflict and development program and will be a visiting fellow in residence jointly with Green College at UBC.
Sociology Student, Carleton University
Interests and Research: Immigration/refugees issues, politics, policies, human rights, injustice and human rights violations, poverty issues, and social concerns.
PhD Candidate, Department of History, McMaster University
Interests and Research: Ryan Heyden’s dissertation titled “The German Red Cross and Humanitarianism in Divided Germany, 1945-1989,” focusses on the German Red Cross (Deutsches Rotes Kreuz, DRK) in both East and West Germany after 1945. He examines how the German Red Cross in the East and West challenge historians’ understandings of divided Germany’s postwar reconstruction and development from the occupation period to the peaceful revolution. This project examines themes of humanitarianism after genocide, the relationship between East and West Germans, and the role of the two Germanys in the postwar world. Here he deals with several important issues: the confrontation with the Nazi past, Germany’s development and re-evaluation of socialism and liberal democracy in the 1960s through organs like the Jugendrotkreuz (Youth Red Cross), the relationships the DRKs forged beyond Europe, and the organization’s role in facilitating relations across the Berlin Wall. He won the Ezzo Cappadocia Prize in European History from his university for his Master’s research and is currently funded by the Ontario Graduate Scholarship, McMaster University, and holds a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD; 2018 Language Fellowship). He is also participating at the Global Humanitarianism Research Academy in July 2018.
Joseph Morgan Hodge
Assistant Professor – History, West Virginia University
Interests: I am interested in the history of international development and its relationship with European colonial empires, especially British colonial development policies and practices in the twentieth century. I have written on the role of experts and expertise in the history British colonial development and its legacies: Triumph of the Expert: Agrarian Doctrines of Development and the Legacies of British Colonialism (Ohio UP, 2007). I have also co-edited two related collections: (with Brett Bennett), Science and Empire: Knowledge and Networks of Science across the British Empire, 1800-1970 (2011); and (with Gerald Hodl and Martine Kopf), Developing Africa: Concepts and Practices in twentieth-century colonialism (2014).
Professor – Political Science, Carleton University
Interests: International Government / Global Civil Society
Professor -History, Carleton University
Interest: International history of the diplomatic, economic, social, intellectual, and transnational filaments that crossed the north Atlantic in the generation before the war.
Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Alberta
Interests: I’m a sociology professor at the University of Alberta who has applied for a SSHRC Insight grant to delve into the history of WCM and the activities of its Canadian missionaries on their return to Canada during eh second world war. I’m currently the holder of an Insight titled “Narratives of International Faith-Based Humanitarianism,” for which I and two colleagues have interviewed over 60 people from the global north who identify as Christians engaged in emergency relief and development work in Africa. I’m very interested in the history of Canadian engagement with the global south, whether in the service of faith commitments or as a secular, rights-based endeavour. (For what it’s worth, I’m also former WUSC co-operant).
PhD Candidate, Carleton University
Interests and Research: 20th century conflict and genocide; peacekeeping; humanitarian assistance; international intervention; United Nations; public discourse; Bosnia
BA History, MA North American Studies
PhD Candidate, Graduate School of North American Studies, Free University Berlin
Interests: My research focuses on NGO CARE and aid programs to Germany from 1946 to the early 1960s. In light of the tremendous success of CARE’s aid efforts to Germany soon after WWII, I investigate donor motivations to reveal why Americans felt compelled to provide humanitarian assistance to the recently defeated enemy. For this purpose, I analyze postwar American public discourse on German guilt and rehabilitation, US responsibility as a new global hegemon, and domestic cultural values that might have contributed to CARE’s appeal.
PhD Candidate, Department of History, Carleton University
Interests: Anna’s research interests focus on migration, diaspora, oral history and transnationalism. Her MITACS-funded project “Two case studies in the public history of international development policies in Canada: the Lebanese Special Measures Program (1975-1990) and The Life of Lewis Perinbam (1925-2008)” is conducted in partnership with the Canadian Immigration Historical Society and the World University Service of Canada. This project draws on the work conducted by Helen Kennedy in her MITACS-funded project with WUSC.
PhD in Global Governance, Balsillie School of International Affairs, Wilfred Laurier University
Interests: Structural and political challenges hampering the effective delivery of humanitarian aid to victims of disaster relief. Making humanitarian aid governance more effective in light of evident challenges and political friction around humanitarian aid.
Kreutzer recently co-authored”Two Solitudes: how closed health networks facilitated the spread of Ebola in West Africa’s fragile states;” “Peacebuilding and Reconstruction Polls in the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo;” and “Surgical Non-Governmental Organizations: Global Surgery’s Unknown Nonprofit Sector.”
Senior Communications Officer – WUSC
Professor – History, University of British Columbia
Interests: Forced relocation, community / regional development
Postdoctoral fellow – Dartmouth College in the Department of Geography
Interests: The first US occupation of Haiti (1915-1934) and the failure of the humanitarian mandates associated with it.
Manager – Program Development Unit, Oxfam Canada
Interest: Understanding humanitarian history allows us to make more informed humanitarian choices today.
Professor – History, McGill University
Interest: Relationship between humanitarian aid and refugee movements.
Recent graduate – History, Carleton University
Interests: Urban transnationalism, pacifism, gender, and internationalism.
Archivist – Library and Archives Canada
Interest: Social justice portfolio at LAC
PhD – History, Carleton University
Interests: Canadian Peace Movement / Gender / Humanitarianism
Professor – History, Carleton University
Interests: History of Oxfam / Children’s Rights/Save the Children International, League of Nations
School of International Development and Global Studies, University of Ottawa
PhD Student, Department of History, Queen’s University
Interests: Katie-Marie’s research explores prisoner aid societies, including Canadian organizations such as Elizabeth Fry Societies and John Howard Societies, through a transnational lens. She is interested in interactions between these types of aid organizations across national borders and plans to compare prisoner aid work in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States in the mid 20th century.
PhD in Global Governance, Balsillie School of International Affairs, University of Waterloo
Interests: Humanitarianism in Haiti, humanitarian transformations over the 19th and 20th centuries, and the inscription of security discourse into the work of contemporary NGOs/humanitarians.
Canadian and Quebec International History, Professeur adjoint, Dept. of History, Université de Montréal
Interests: As a historian, my goal is to draw on cultural history, social history and postcolonial studies to acquire and pass along a deeper understanding of the way in which the respective positions of Canada and Quebec in the world have evolved, and how their international activities (governmental and non-governmental) have shaped and been shaped by the experiences of the peoples living in the northern half of North America.
Dr. Meren’s monograph, With Friends Like These: Entangled Nationalisms and the Canada-Québec-France Triangle, 1944-1970 (UBC Press, 2012), examined the complex three-way dynamic between Canada, Quebec and France, in the broader context of globalization. This book was part of his efforts to shed light on the question of empires in Canadian and Quebec international history. This research also led Dr. Meren to explore the concept of “nationhood” in an increasingly globalized world and, hence, the efforts to manage the many overlapping identities it encompasses.
In addition to co-editing a collective publication exploring Canadian international history from the perspective of race, his current research focuses on the history of Canadian foreign aid since 1945 and its connections with relations between Indigenous peoples and Canada.
Department of Canadian Heritage
Interests: International development, human rights and refugee policy
Seraphina Cha Mikyung
About: Cha (Seraphina) has worked for 30 years with movements at the regional and international levels as social activist and NGO consultant. As a PhD Candidate, Cha conducts research about International Cooperation on Aid and the future of Open Digital Archives. Cha also does work on labors, human rights, and international migration.
Adjunct Professor, University of Ottawa’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
Mike Molloy has 40 years’ experience in international and refugee affairs. He was Ambassador to Jordan (1996-2000) and Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (2000-03). As Director Refugee Policy, 1976 -1978, he led design of the refugee provisions of the 1976 Immigration Act including the Convention Refugee and Designated Classes, the private refugee sponsorship program and the WUSC refugee student program. He coordinated the 1979-80 Indochinese refugee program that brought 60,000 refugees to Canada and was directly involved in the Czechoslovakian (1968) and Uganda Asian (1972) refugee movements. He was Counselor for Humanitarian Affairs at the Canadian Mission in Geneva 1981-84, and managed immigration and refugee operations in Jordan, Syria, East Africa and Ontario. He is President of the Canadian Immigration Historical Society (cihs-shic.ca). Recent publications include Running on Empty: Canada and the Indochinese Refugee Movement 1975-80 (McGill Queens University Press), and three volumes on the Jerusalem Old City Initiative – Track Two Diplomacy and Jerusalem, Governance and Security in Jerusalem, and Contested Sites in Jerusalem(Routledge).
PhD Candidate in History/Migration and Ethnic Relations at Western University
Interests: Resettlement of Ugandan Asian refugees in Canada between 1972 and 1974, using archival research and oral histories to capture the experiences of refugees who have transitioned into becoming active Canadian citizens.
Associate professor – Carleton University
Interests: History of marketing in not-for-profit institutions including NGOs and humanitarian aid organizations. Previous research has examined the nature of charitable donations and fundraising strategies in Canada, along with examining advertising strategies used by Plan Canada to recruit foster parents.
Associate Professor and Director of Canadian Studies — Mount Allison University, New Brunswick
Professor – History, National University Ireland – Galway
Interests: Globalization, Humanitarianism, Identity
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Guelph
Research: My main area of research is on the history and politics of international humanitarianism. I recently published a book with Routledge entitled Moral Obligations and Sovereignty in International Relations: A Genealogy of Humanitarianism. I’ve also published work on faith-based NGOs within the Canadian development sector.
Independent Consultant and Researcher; Adjunct Research Professor, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University.
Interests and Bio: Jason teaches courses on the Politics of Forced Displacement and Complex Humanitarian Emergencies. He is currently engaged in a series of research studies examining how humanitarian ethics are understood and operationalized in the aid sector. Jason is currently a member of the Humanitarian Quality Assurance Initiative’s (HQAI) General Assembly and previously served on the Board of InsideNGO (now Humentum). He holds a Ph.D. in political science from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. His dissertation, “International Norms, American Foreign Policy, and African Famine,” compared US responses to crises in Nigeria/Biafra, Ethiopia, and Somalia to understand the conditions under which norm entrepreneurs are able to influence state humanitarian policy.
PhD Candidate – History, University of Laval
Interests: History of youth Red Cross, during the years 1914-1945, in a comparative perspective (North America, South America and Europe).
John D. Pringle
Postdoctoral fellow – Humanitarian Health Ethics, McGill University.
Interests: As a healthcare professional and researcher, I am committed to health equity through primary healthcare, social justice and global health. I value ethical practice, critical thinking and life-long learning. My focus is on critical theory, humanitarianism and global health ethics. I take a critical approach to the role of humanitarianism under global capitalism, finding a Foucauldian approach particularly valuable.
Professor – Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership, Carleton University
Interests: Accountability of private transnational entities with an emphasis on transnational NGOs/nonprofits. NGO governance issues, Nonprofit leadership, transnational activism, private-private governance systems as well as qualitative and mixed-methodologies.
Honours Undergraduate student, Carleton University, Ottawa
Interests: To this point in Elizabeth’s research, she has taken an interest in social and cultural history in Canada and the U.S., and the ways these histories shape and are shaped by humanitarian aid both domestically and internationally.
Associate Professor, Marywood University, Scranton, Pennsylvania
Interests: American and Canadian church-affiliated aid organizations in the DR Congo in the 1960s and 1970s.
Chris W.J. Roberts
PhD ABD, University of Calgary; Instructor, Political Science, University of Calgary
Interests: Chris Roberts is president of African Access Consulting and Director and VP of the Canadian Council on Africa. He has an interest in comparative politics specializing in African Politics and Development as well as an interest in International Relations, specializing in Canadian foreign and defense policy in general, and foreign intervention in Africa. For a more detailed biography, please visit Roberts’ website. For Roberts’ bibliography, please see the CNHH Collective Bibliography or else visit Roberts’ website for a more comprehensive bibliographic listing.
Interests: Trained as a gender and sexuality historian, Beth Robertson specializes in the history of marginal science, medicine and technology. Her current undertaking is a history of technology and persons who are blind or partially sighted from a transnational perspective. This endevour seeks to collect archival and oral histories from the Canadian National Institute of the Blind and other international NGOs. Her book, entitled Possessed by Science: Gender, Embodiment and Psychichal Research, 1918-1940 is anticipated to be released in the Fall of 2016. Other interests include the history of surveillance, computing, madness studies and the digital humanities. She is one of the co-editors of ActiveHistory.ca.
Webster Universtiy, Geneva
Interests: NGOs and humanitarian action. Attempting now to protect the archives of french humanitarian NGOs with the goal to write an history of French NGOs and the “Sans-Frontierisme.” Worked for 20 years as Head of Legal Dpt of Médecins du monde France and wrote several French language books about humanitarianism. Currently, retired from Médecins du monde and teaching at Webster University in Geneva (CH). Also working on philanthropy and the World War I. With french friends we try to set up a protection of archives of french NGOs in the field of the “sans frontièrisme”.
Professor – Human Rights, Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies, Carleton University
Interests: Social movements and political strategy; communities, citizens, and publics; public goods, commodification, and decommodification; radical political economy; “global citizenship” and solidarity movements; the U.S. Peace Corps; “culture shock” and aid work.
Cyrus Sundar Singh
MFA Documentary Media, Ryerson University; PhD Candidate, Joint Communications and Cultures, Ryerson/York University, Toronto, Canada; Filmmaker
Interests: Cyrus has written, produced and directed in a range of genres including documentary, reality, food, and lifestyle. He continues to develop a new form of documentary he’s calling Performing the Documentary—site-specific live-documentaries in the presence of the audience—and premiered two the genre-bending new form documentaries back to back at the Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival: Brothers In The Kitchen in 2016, and Africville in Black and White in 2017.
Cyrus continually engages in community engagement and volunteers his time on a variety of boards and projects across the campus and across the city. He is the President Regent Park Focus, Toronto; a member of the Toronto Film and Media Seminar; he is co-president of the Joint Communications and Culture Graduate Student’s Association; president of Collective Camera; and a member of the Artist Advisory Committee for Hot Docs International Canadian Documentary Festival.
Examples of work: The Conflicted Samaritan
PhD candidate – History, Universtiy of Western Ontario, London, Canada
Interests: The history and nature of Humanitarian aid fundamentally shapes the narrative of Ethiopian history in the latter half of the twentieth century. The study of humanitarian aid is inherently transnational and is reflective of national and global, economic and social developments. I am interested in the dichotomies that are presented in the narrative(s) of benevolence and beneficiaries, benefactors and recipients. Humanitarian aid embodies a humanistic ethos, at the same time as it is situated in a complex geo-political and cultural world order.
Therese Marie Sunga
PhD Candidate – History, University of Manchester
Interests: Therese Marie researches the Philippines as a site of asylum in the 20th century.
PhD Candidate – History, Carleton University
Interests: History of missions / NGOs / Cold War Aid
Faculty Member, Department of History, University of Waterloo
Biographical Note and Interests: Lynne Taylor is a historian of twentieth-century Europe and works on state-society relations in the context of war. For the past two decades, her research has focused on the displaced persons crisis in American-occupied Germany, and specifically on the plight of what were called ‘unaccompanied children’ – children either orphaned or separated from their parents by the war. This work has resulted in a total of three books on various aspects of this particular part of the greater crisis.
PhD International Relations (Westminster University), MSc Development Administration and Planning (University of Bristol)
Biographical Note and Interests: Michela Telatin holds a PhD in International Relations from Westminster University in London, UK and is a seasoned humanitarian manager. Her research interest include management of humanitarian issues by humanitarian and political actors, the link between development and security, and Security Sector Reform. Dr. Telatin has taught extensively in the UK, Switzerland, and Italy. Her publications include: The Development-Security Nexus and Security Sector Reform (2014), The Development-Security Nexus Policies in Afghanistan (Croation International Relations Review, 2010), EU SSR in Guinea Bissau (Portuguese Journal of International Affairs, 2009).
Communications Officer at Oxfam Canada
Interests: Currently collaborating with the CNHH on “Global Impact: a Canadian Story.”
Professor, History, Dalhousie University
Interests: Modern Canadian history, Socio-political history, Taxation history, Gender and women’s history, Canadian history. A point of connection between my current research and humanitarian aid is that arguments about excessive federal taxation in the 1950s and early 1960s frequently refer to federal govt spending on international aid as a prime example of unjustified spending. Though I’m not likely to pursue the interpretation of that fact myself, I’ll be interested to see what develops around this question of Canadians’ conception of their international obligations.
Adjunct Professor – IDS and Research Fellow, Centre for Foreign Policy Studies, Dalhousie University, Executive Director Aidwatch
Interests: International development, NGOs in development cooperation, Canadian and global aid trends. I have worked for the past 40 years within the Canadian international civil society community, the last 15 years up to 2011 as senior policy analyst for the Canadian Council for International Cooperation. I am currently the Executive Director of AidWatch Canada, a very small CSO focusing on analysis of trends in Canadian and global aid. In this capacity, I am engaged at the global level, co-chairing a multi-stakeholder Task Team on issues relating to closing space for civil society as development actors. I work closely with CCIC and some of its members on analysis of Canadian aid trends. With Betty Plewes, we contributed a chapter to the 2013 edition of Canada Among Nations on a short history of “Canadian CSOs in Africa: The end of an era?”. As a Board member of the Atlantic Council for International Cooperation, we are currently reconstructing key moments in the history of solidarity and internationalism in the Atlantic Region to commemorate the 40th anniversary of ACIC.
Postdoctoral Researcher, John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies.
Interests: War captivity, international humanitarian laws, Geneva Conventions, Western diplomatic history and history of international relations, particularly between 1914 and 1953.
Julia Van Drie (RA)
Undergraduate Student, Carleton University
Interests: Globalization, Humanitarian aid, Religion and Conflict, and Canadian domestic and international policy.
Deanne Van Tol
Assistant Professor, Redeemer College University
Interests: Histories of humanitarianism, welfare, gender and empire in 20th century sub-Saharan Africa.
Professor – History, Bishops University
Interests: Currently I am writing a book on Canadian development advisors in Southeast Asia (Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia, and Burma) from 1945 to 1965.
Related publications: Fire and the Full Moon: Canada and Indonesia in a Decolonizing World (UBC Press, 2009); “Development Advisors in a Time of Cold War and Decolonization: The UN Technical Assistance Administration, 1950-1959,” Journal of Global History 6 no. 2 (2011): 249-272; “Modern Missionaries: Canadian Postwar Technical Assistance Advisors in Southeast Asia,” Journal of the Canadian Historical Association 20 no. 2 (2009): 86-111. Upcoming at the 2015 CHA: “The CCF beyond the seas: Canadian social democrats as development advisors in Southeast Asia, 1950-1965.
PhD Candidate – York University
Interests: History of Missions / Nursing History
Humanitarian Aid Practitioner – Oxfam Canada
Hrag David Yacoubian
PhD Student, University of British Columbia, School of Nursing
Research Interests: David’s Master’s thesis focused on the humanitarian involvement of North American nurses during the Armenian genocide. This provided the groundwork for his current doctoral research.