The Politics of Giving:
Beyond Media Representations of
Humanitarianism and Aid in Haiti
April 2, 2010 | 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. | Location: Kaleidoscope (3rd floor), Newcomb Hall
This session will critically examine discourses of humanitarianism, development, and non-profit organizations in the context of the Haitian earthquake.
How can we think critically about humanitarianism and development initiatives within a longer history of colonial "civilizing missions" and imperial interventions? How can we think of humanitarianism as a political endeavor?
Have NGOs contributed or hampered the development of civil society in Haiti? What are the different benefits and consequences of NGO initiatives versus political activism?
- Peter Redfield, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
- Jennie Smith-Pariola, Otterbein College
- Yarimar Bonilla, University of Virginia, moderator