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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?

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