The Taliban and the humanitarian soldier

This post is part of a series linked to the workshop “Assessing the Anthropology of Humanitarianism: Ethnography, Impact, Critique”. ———————————————– 2001 is often considered a major historical turning point, marking a shift from a ‘before’ to an ‘after’ in modern history. Following the attacks of 9/11, and the subsequent invasion of Afghanistan through the military …

Border walls and fences: an interview with Antonio De Lauri

There seems to be a current international preoccupation with border walls as a form of security and protection – with people both advocating and protesting their construction. However, walls and barriers are not a new phenomenon. What is the continuing historical factor motivating the construction of border barriers? Throughout global history border barriers have had …

Assessing the Anthropology of Humanitarianism: Ethnography, Impact, Critique

What is the aim of an anthropology of humanitarianism? How is anthropology addressing the growing convergence of policing and aid? To what extent does the humanitarian imperative to save lives influence the work of the ethnographer in the field? What is the relationship between moral anthropology and humanitarian ethics? In this workshop, we will address these …

Humanitarianism and Security: New Berghahn Books series

General Editor: Antonio De Lauri, Chr. Michelsen Institute Editorial Board: Reece Jones, University of Hawai’i at Manoa Chowra Makaremi, CNRS, Paris Mark Maguire, National University of Ireland, Maynooth Vanessa Pupavac, University of Nottingham Peter Redfield, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Tazreena Sajjad, American University, Washington D.C. Amid the growing convergence between the politics of aid and policing, emergency …

Academic Politics of Silencing

Table of Contents: Introduction: Confronting Silencing, Antonio De Lauri Unravelling the Politics of Silencing, Laura Nader It Wasn’t a Tenure Case: A Personal Testimony, with Reflections, David Graeber The Sounds of Anthropological Silence, David Price Having Company: An Antidote to the “Politics of Silencing”, Susan Wright   ——————————————————————————————— Introduction: Confronting Silencing, Antonio De Lauri The featured image …