Past Project Archive

Past faculty-driven projects sponsored by the Pozen Center include:


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. View 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 program


Corporate Social Responsibility

In 2011, Pozen Post-Doctoral Instructor Charlotte Walker-Said organized a major conference to address the complex issue of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) from a human rights perspective. The conference brought together scholars from a wide range of disciplines and institutions, as well as human rights practitioners, to analyze CSR and the particular role of powerful non-state actors in the violation and protection of human rights. View conference poster.

The conference generated a book, Corporate Social Responsibility? Human Rights in the New Global Economy (University of Chicago Press 2014), edited by Walker-Said and John Kelly (Anthropology). Topics addressed at the 2011 conference and in the edited volume include issues of power and accountability, vulnerabilities and remedies, incentives and stakeholders, and the role of law and international war crimes tribunals. Both the conference and the book had a particular focus on CSR on Africa.

Upon publication of the book, Charlotte Walker-Said, now Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, returned to the Pozen Center for a book launch event at the Seminary Coop Bookstore. View book launch wepbage and photos