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Fifth Annual Meeting of the CNHH, May 31, 2018

by Daniel Manulak and Jean-Michel Turcotte


The Canadian Network on Humanitarian History (CNHH) convened its fifth annual workshop during the 2018 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, hosted by the University of Regina. In attendance were Dominique Marshall, Jill Campbell-Miller, Sonya de Laat, Valérie Gorin, Daniel Manulak, Kiera Mitchell (Technical Assistant), Cyrus Sundar Singh, Yordanos Tesfamariam, Jean-Michel Turcotte, and David Webster. Joining the meeting by Skype were Katie-Marie McNeill, Chris Trainor, and Anne-Emmanuelle Birn.

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George Cramm (1938-2018), Canadian Humanitarian: Veteran of the Latin American Working Group

“Besides the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund, George Cram served a number of refugee advocacy organizations, and successfully pushed for the granting of Canadian visas to released prisoners in Chile during the rule of dictator Augusto Pinochet. Photo: General Synod Archives, from the Anglican Journal, March 20 2018”


To honour George Cramm, who died last month, we publish below the notes of the speech he gave five years ago, to commemorate a unique moment in the history of refugees in Canada which he led, the Political Prisoner Program.  We also reproduce the text of the obituary prepared by the Anglican Journal, which highlights the many institutions which benefited from his commitment to ecumenical social justice.  We thank his close colleague and member of the CNHH, John Foster, for sharing these documents as well as the obituary published by the Toronto Star published an obituary on March 21. John first met George via United Church youth work in 1961, and was best man at his wedding.


Notes from a talk given by George Cram about […] The Political Prisoner Program

CASA Salvador Allende 40th Anniversary Remembrance, Toronto, September 7, 2013

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NEXTGEN DATABASE of International Development and Humanitarian Assistance Researchers

The Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) and the Canadian Association for the Study of International Development (CASID) are happy to announce the launch of their NextGen database and invite members of the CASID and the CNHH to join.  This database can provide members of the CNHH the opportunity to promote their research on development and humanitarianism and make it visible to a wider academic community.

The NextGen database is a user-friendly online searchable inventory of more than 500 Canadian researchers from universities, colleges, institutes, think-tanks, and civil society organizations (CSOs) working on international development and humanitarian assistance! It is part of a broader three-year collaboration.
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Humanitarianism and its History: Insights from Down Under, 1/3

by Sarah Glassford

This series is being reposted in HistPhil

RC conference program 2016

RC Conference Program 2016.

During the weekend of 9-11 September 2016, roughly 50 scholars, archivists, museum curators, and aid practitioners gathered at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia to discuss the oldest and arguably most complex of the world’s major humanitarian organizations. “Histories of the Red Cross Movement: Continuity & Change” brought together representatives of more than a dozen countries in Europe, Asia, North America, and Australasia in lively discussions of Red Cross history, Red Cross archives, and the nature of humanitarianism itself. This is the first in a series of blog posts reporting and reflecting on the issues raised at the conference.


“Histories of the Red Cross Movement: Continuity & Change” drew together three thought-provoking keynote speakers from different parts of the globe: American political scientist Michael Barnett (University Professor of International Affairs and Political Science at The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, Washington, DC), European historian Davide Rodogno (Professor and Head of the International History Department at the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva), and New Zealander historian Margaret Tennant (Professor Emeritus and Honorary Research Fellow at Massey University, Palmerston North). Each took a particular approach to thinking about the nature of humanitarianism and its history, but collectively their remarks paint a picture of a research field coming into its own.

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Call for Papers: MCC at 100: Mennonites, Service, and the Humanitarian Impulse

October 23-24, 2020.

In 1920 Mennonites from different ethnic and church backgrounds formed the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) to collaboratively respond to the famine ravaging Mennonite communities in the Soviet Union (Ukraine). Over the ensuing century, MCC has grown to embrace disaster relief, development, and peacebuilding in over 60 countries around the world. MCC has been one of the most influential Mennonite organizations of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It has operated as a mechanism for cooperation among a wide variety of Mennonite groups, including Brethren in Christ and Amish, constructing a broad inter-Mennonite, Anabaptist identity. Yet it has also brought Mennonites into global ecumenical and interfaith partnerships.

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Sonya de Laat published in online “Atlas on Humanitarianism and Human Rights.”

Sonya de Laat, a PhD student in Media Studies at Western University, Research Coordinator of the Humanitarian Health Ethics Research Group at McMaster University, and member of the CNHH, has an entry entitled, “Congo Free State, 1904: Humanitarian Photographs,” as part of the online “Atlas on Humanitarianism and Human Rights” that was officially launched this month: http://wiki.ieg-mainz.de/ghra/index.php?title=Online_Atlas_on_the_History_of_Humanitarianism_and_Human_Rights. This contribution was part of her participation in last summer’s inaugural Global Humanitarianism Research Academy (http://ghra.ieg-mainz.de).

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CNHH in Conversation with Dr. James Orbinski

by Christine Chisholm and Will Tait

On March 24, 2016 Dr. James Orbinski, former international president of Médecins Sans Frontières, scholar of global health and practicing physician was invited by Carleton University’s Bachelor of Global and International Studies (BGInS) to present the keynote lecture for the official launch of the program. Dr. Chris Brown, director of BGInS, kindly arranged for a meeting with Orbinski before the lecture with CNHH members Dr. Dominique Marshall and PhD candidates Christine Chisholm and Will Tait from Carleton’s Department of History.

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“Eye-opening if not revelatory”: Teaching and Learning Humanitarian History

by Sarah Glassford


Before taking this course I thought that humanitarianism was just

a nice way of asking for money.  You donate and someone tries

to solve a problem.  But through the readings and the emergency

relief assignment/exercise it has become clear that the job is less

straightforward than that.       – Haley K.


Those of us who research and write in the area of humanitarian history are well aware of the complexities of aid, both on the giving and receiving ends of the equation.  But when we have a chance to teach that history, what preconceptions do our students bring to the classroom, and what do they take away with them at the end of the course? Continue reading

World Conference on Humanitarian Studies

The 4th bi-annual conference of the International Humanitarian Studies Association (IHSA) was held this past 5-8 March 2016.  The topic of this year’s conference was Changing Crises and the Quest for Adequate Solutions and was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  While the Call for Papers for the Association’s 2018 conference is still a ways off, information on this year’s conference may be found at the conference website, including links to the organized panels and papers.  Although the conference is still recent, it appears that individual papers may be uploaded at some point in the future.

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‘Journals’ Just Added to the CNHH

Under the ‘Resources’ area of the site, we now have a space dedicated to Journals about the history of humanitarianism and humanitarian aid.  The first journal added is Humanitarian Alternatives. Please visit their site and read the first issue of this new journal through our Journals page or via the Humanitarian Alternatives website directly.

If you know of other journals appropriate to the CNHH, please tell us know through the Contact Us page.

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