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Conviviality in times of complex crises: translocal and transnational humanitarianism and its transformations 
Nauja Kleist (Danish Institute for International Studies)
Tanja Müller (University of Manchester)
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6 College Park (6CP), 01/037
Wednesday 27 July, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

This panel explores translocal and transnational humanitarianism in times of crises, such as the covid-19 pandemic, environmental disasters, and conflict. It focuses on collective practices that take place outside the international humanitarian system, and how they transform over time and space.

Long Abstract:

Focusing on translocal and transnational humanitarian practices, this panel explores the practices, perceptions and transformations of conviviality and solidarity that take place outside the international humanitarian system. We are curious about crisis relief and support practices that may include relatives, neighbours as well as 'strangers' in times of complex and overlapping crises, such as the covid-19 pandemic, environmental disasters, protracted conflict, and economic hardship. Whether termed vernacular, everyday, civic or diaspora humanitarianism, such assistance forms part of often long-established practices where compassion, social obligations, and religion may play central roles.

However, in times of overlapping and colliding crises that simultaneously affect people in different locations, regionally and globally, such humanitarian practices might be challenged and transformed. This raises a number of questions: What shapes the modes of mobilization and provision of support and relief, who are included and excluded, and what are the underpinning social imaginaries of crisis and assistance in such situations? And how does the global nature of Covid-19 - or other global crises - affect and transform translocal and transnational crisis response and practices of conviviality over time and space?

We are looking for contributions that focus on these and related questions around the world. While Covid-19 is an obvious theme, we welcome other case studies, especially regarding overlapping and colliding crises. Likewise, we welcome contributions with emphasis on methodological and conceptual perspectives.

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Session 1 Wednesday 27 July, 2022, -