Humanitarianism: workshop for Sussex faculty, 18th May

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Humanitarianism at Sussex workshop

Wednesday, 18th May, 10:00 – 14:45, University of Sussex Conference Centre

On Wednesday, 18th of May, we will be holding a workshop for faculty from across the university with an interest in humanitarianism: humanitarian relief, aid, conflict, violence and peace-building, as well as ethical and philosophical issues of concern for distant strangers, and Western privilege and intervention.

This workshop is designed to bring together researchers from different disciplines to stimulate new research ideas and foster collaborative partnerships that will enable Sussex researchers to bid for large-scale projects in these fields.

To stimulate discussion and share experiences, five presentations in the morning will explore humanitarianism from different perspectives. The afternoon will bring together delegates around topics of common interest to discuss and share ideas, and create new networks for potential future working relationships.


10.00 – 10.30 Coffee and registration

10.30 – 10.45 Welcome and introduction to the event – Alan Lester

10.45 – 12.00 Presentations from the following:

  • Lyndsay McLean Hilker (Anthropology): reconciling the academic and policy worlds
  • Lisa Smirl (International Relations): material culture and humanitarianism
  • Jock Stirrat (Anthropology): for an anthropology of charity and philanthropy
  • Anna Stavrianakis (International Relations): the arms trade and academic activism
  • Keith Lewin (Education): developing a DFID-funded interdisciplinary centre – the Centre for Research on Educational Access, Transitions and Equity

12.00 – 1.00 Lunch

1.00 – 2.00 Breakout groups

2.00 – 2.45 Feedback from groups + close


Anyone interested in attending this event should contact Debbie Foy-Everett:

It would help us greatly in planning the day if you could attach a very brief (one paragraph) description of your research interests when letting Debbie Foy-Everett know that you would like to attend. We can then try to ensure that, during an afternoon breakout session, you are in groups most likely to be of interest to you, allowing the most productive outcomes.


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