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Tenure Stream Assistant Professor of International Development Studies – York University

From York University’s Academic Employment Opportunities page.


Position Rank: Full Time Tenure Stream – Assistant Professor
Discipline/Field: International Developments Studies
Home Faculty: Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
Home Department/Area/Division: Social Science
Affiliation/Union: YUFA
Position Start Date: July 1, 2019

The Department of Social Science, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University, invites applications for a tenure-stream professorial-stream position in International Development Studies at the rank of Assistant Professor to commence July 1, 2019. More information about the Department can be found at; information about the International Development Studies Program can be found at; information about the MA program in Development Studies can be found at Continue reading

CfP: Regarding the Pain of Others

Originally posted to BMJ Blogs, by Bryan Mukandi.

Regarding the Pain of Others:

What emotions have to do in the History of Humanitarian Images?

(Geneva 4-5, 2019)


Taking the title of Susan Sontag’s seminal work as a starting point, this workshop aims at re-opening an old debate about the potentialities of exhibiting other’s suffering in order to promote a culture of peace, prevent war and/or resolve conflict. Sontag concluded in her book that images of atrocities had led the Global North to a form of exhaustion, also called compassion fatigue, which has been criticised more recently as a myth. Yet, images remain today the main strategy of humanitarian organisations to raise awareness and funds. Continue reading

CfP: Human Rights and Transnational Legal Activism: Limits and Potential

by Deniz Yonucu

reposted from H-Announce. The byline reflects the original authorship.


Human Rights Work and Transnational Legal Activism: Limits and Potential
February 8 and 9, 2019

International human rights laws and bodies have been one of the key sites of the struggle against state crimes and human rights abuses in the post-World War II era. Yet, the discrepancy between the promises of international human rights laws and what they actually do has not gone unquestioned. While in some contexts numerous international treaties, conventions and regulations have served as a means of pressuring governments to improve human rights, in certain other contexts international human rights laws and movements have become a part of the problem. The constituents of international human rights movements have frequently been criticized for being complicit with neoliberal and neocolonial projects and policies. Continue reading

CfP: Official Development Assistance at the CHA, Vancouver 2019

Call for Papers for the CNHH sessions at the 2019 CHA Congress.

Deadline to submit: October 1.  

The CNHH sponsored sessions at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association in Vancouver in 2019 will be on Official Development Assistance,  especially questions of training and education in the aid field, universities and internationalization, other aspects of settler colonialism and humanitarianism, Canada and international aid organizations, etc.


It is coordinated by David Meren, who is preparing a paper on “‘Development’: Settler Colonialism and the Origins, Life and Demise of the United Nations Regional Training Centre for Technical Assistance at UBC”.


Please write to him before October 1 <> if you are interested.

Histories of Humanitarianism and (Visual) Media, CNHH Panel at the CHA, University of Regina

The Canadian Network on Humanitarian History sponsored a panel at the Canadian Historical Association in Regina on May 29th, 2018 on “Histories of Humanitarianism and (Visual) Media.” Four presentations explored the complicated ways in which media, particularly visual media, challenged, described, and elicited humanitarian interventions in the 20th century. On the whole, the panel asked the audience to think about the important role that media has played in histories of humanitarianism globally, and the complexities inherent in the use of media as a tool in humanitarian contexts.

Histories of Humanitarianism and (Visual) Media | Histoires de l’humanitaire et les médias (visuels)

Panel introduction by Chair, Stephanie Bangarth (Western University), 0:09

Sonya de Laat (McMaster University): “Visual Displacement of
Refugees: Lewis Hine’s First World War Photographs for the American
Red Cross, 1918-1919,” 3:08

Valérie Gorin (University of Geneva): “Humanitarian Cinema and
Visual Advocacy in the 1920s: When Seeing was Believing,” 14:50

Soenke Kundel (Free University of Berlin/Germany): “Global Media and
the New Humanitarianism in the Context of the Vietnam War,” 29:40

Dominique Marshall (Carleton University) “ ‘CIDA Brings you
the World! ‘Children’s Reception of Humanitarian Photographs
of Children: 1980-2000,” 40:35

Panel Chair Stephanie Bangarth poses prepared questions to the panel, 54:15

The panel is opened to questions from the audience, 1:16:40. Be advised that these questions may be difficult to hear given the audience’s position to the microphone. You may be required to increase the audio’s volume to hear this portion.

Sponsored by the Canadian Network on Humanitarian History
| Parrainée par le Réseau canadien sur l’histoire de

CfP: Histories of the Red Cross Movement since 1919

Call for Papers General Announcement

13/14 June 2019

International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

17 Chemin des Crets, 1209 Geneva, Switzerland

The years following the end of the Great War witnessed one of the great historical junctures in the history of the Red Cross movement: a moment at which the Red Cross’ institutional and normative structures, its technical capabilities and ambitions were transformed in ways that would profoundly affect its activities and outlook over the next hundred years.  This 2-day conference brings together historians and practitioners working on the Red Cross movement to debate the legacy, events, and ideas flowing from 1919 and to engage with contemporary issues and concerns of the broader Red Cross movement.  The conference will be addressed by two leading scholars of humanitarianism:

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Call for Applications: Global Humanitarianism Research Academy 2018

The Global Humanitarianism Research Academy is now accepting applications for its fourth session to be held in 2018.  This opportunity for PhD candidates and early Postdoctoral Fellows is led by Drs. Fabian Klose (Leibniz Institute of European History Mainz), Johannes Paulmann (Leibniz Institute of European History Mainz), and Andrew Thompson (University of Exeter), in co-operation with the International Committee of the Red Cross (Geneva) and with the support of the German Historical Institute London.


The Research Academy will be held at the University of Exeter and Archives of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Geneva, on 9-20 July 2018.  The deadline to apply is 31 December 2017.

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Catherine LeGrand’s Workshop on Catholic Missions and Humanitarianism

Dr. Catherine LeGrand, second from left, speaking on “Canadian Church Groups in Latin America and Civil Society Organizations” during the workshop, “Canada’s Past and Future in the Americas,” 27-28 March 2017. Photo by Julia Van Drie.

On 28 March 2017, McGill University’s historian of Latin America, Dr. Catherine LeGrand, met with students and faculty of Carleton University to discuss Catholic Missions, Liberation Theology, and Humanitarianism in participation with the Canadian Network on Humanitarian History.  The audio of this workshop may be found here.  Details of this event can be found on the CNHH website.

International Policy Ideas Challenge 2017

Tapping into Canada’s research talent for innovative international policy ideas!

Global Affairs Canada (GAC) has published details of this year’s International Policy Ideas Challenge competition.  Full details are below and can be found at:

See the SSHRC competition poster.

Past competitions

2016 Policy Ideas Challenge finalists

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Job Posting: Lecturer in Humanitarian Studies at the University of Manchester

Closing Date : 19/02/2017
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Duration : 01 March 2017 to 28 February 2018
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Humanities
School/Directorate : School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
Division : Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute
Hours Per week : Full Time
Salary : £34,956 to £38,183 per annum
Location : Oxford Road, Manchester
Job Reference : HUM-09435


This position is open to academics outside the European Union as well as those from member states.

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