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Humanitarian futures in Africa rely on fundamental deviations from humanitarianism's past. We solicit papers that shift the position of 'Africa' from recipient to donor, from helped to helper-to identify different forms of helping, locally-sanctioned do-gooding, or configurations of 'partnership.'
Humanitarian futures in Africa rely on fundamental deviations from humanitarianism's past. This panel will engage research on African humanitarianisms—everyday humanitarianism—done in Africa, by Africans as a response to helping one another in times of crisis. Rather than abandoning the concept of humanitarianism, we propose a panel with research that critically, reflexively, and sincerely works towards decolonizing it. Everyday humanitarianism as a concept originated in the global North, and this limited its utility to understand the global practices of 'helping' and their complexity. Papers that can interrogate the everyday humanitarianism taking place across the continent are appreciated. Recent research has documented how the recognition of power hierarchies has led the humanitarian industry to try to "localize". This panel will engage with the 'localization' agenda in humanitarian interventions, but also moves beyond it because the 'localization agenda' continues the problematic framework of international 'neutral' helping versus 'biased' local action. In humanitarian futures, we solicit papers that shift the position of 'Africa' from recipient to donor, from helped to helper. In doing so, we might identify different forms of helping, a better understanding of locally-sanctioned ways of doing good, and or different configurations of 'partnership' that may involve private and public actors, from different businesses or governments.
Accepted papers:Session 1 Friday 2 June, 2023, -
Herbert Hambati (University of Dar es Salaam) Line Engbo Gissel (Roskilde University) Esther Mlingwa (University of Dar es Salaam) Hamudi Majamba (University of Dar es Salaam)
Abdirahman Ali (University of Nairobi)
Alemayehu Begna Hordofa (International Institute of Social Studies)
Abdul Wando (SOAS University of London)
Lisa Ann Richey (Copenhagen Business School)
Simon Turner (Lund University) Ruzibiza Yvette (University of Amsterdam) Rosemary Msoka (University of Dar es Salaam)
Delu Lusambya (International Institute of Social studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam)