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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?


Hosted by the University of Virginia - Haiti Working Group, in collaboration with the Department of Anthropology, the Magnitude Collective, and the Ralph Bunche Society.