A02
Anthropological Contributions to Humanitarian Intervention

Convenors:
David Shankland (Royal Anthropological Institute)
Raymond Apthorpe (Royal Anthropological Institute)
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Short abstract:

This panel invites papers that consider the contribution of anthropology to overseas humanitarian interventions.

Long abstract:

Humanitarian disasters continue to affect the world's populations, triggering in turn a continuous rise in overseas interventions by multiple charities and agencies. Increasing concern as to the efficacy of these interventions has led to explicit calls at the highest level that the local viewpoint of those displaced and distressed should in future be taken more explicitly into account. Yet, how should this best be done? And at what stage can anthropology most effectively intervene, ex ante, post ante or both? Contributions are invited that consider any aspect of this problem, considered from the point of view of fieldwork, theoretical approaches or better interaction with the national and international actors. Ultimately, we hope that this panel will help us propose a better solution to anthropology's role in international humanitarian intervention that we at present possess.