March 19, 2014

Humanitarianism: A View from Anthropology

Vivian Solana

What are we contributing to when we donate to humanitarian aid? Under the banner of relieving suffering and saving human lives, humanitarian operations have long lasting consequences for the lives of those it assists. Anthropological inquiry into the way in which humanitarian aid infiltrates the social and political structures of war-torn communities offers a critical understanding of humanitarianism’s role in today’s world.

About the Presenter

Vivian Solana

PhD Candidate University of Toronto, Department of Anthropology in Collaboration with Women and Gender Studies. Ma in Anthropology of Development, University of Sussex (2005), Project Manager University of the Middle East Project (2005-2009).

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