Crisis of Humanitarianism

Led by History professors Michael Geyer and Mark Bradley, this project explored the overlapping and contrasting histories, concepts and actions taken in the name of both human rights and humanitarian interventions.

Conference: Crisis of Humanitarianism/ Humanitarianism in Crisis
April 25-26, 2014 

This conference included scholars working on compassion, mobilization and power in humanitarian thought and practice to interrogate the genealogies of the present moment and to reflect upon the future of a new politics of humanitarianism. Download the conference poster orprogram and schedule for more details. Poster | Program 


Conference: Forced Migration and Humanitarianism in Global History
November 15-16, 2013

The conference participants discussed the conceptual frameworks that have informed reactions to forced migration. The faculty coordinators for this conference were Professor Tara Zahra (History) and Lecturer Andrew Janco (Human Rights Post-doctoral Lecturer). Members of the University of Chicago and local NGO communities also attended. View the program.