Aid Celebrities and the Tropes of Celebrity Humanitarianism
by Maha Rafi Atal, Lisa Ann Richey & Dan Brockington George Clooney is sad. What might an Oscar winning multi-millionaire have to be sad about, you ask? He’s “surprised and saddened” he says, to learn that Nespresso, the coffee brand for whom he has been a public spokesman since 2006, uses child labor at its plantations in Guatemala. That is […]
100 years of Save the Children UK: what have we learned?
Mike Aaronson reflects on a recent conference examining the interplay between politics, humanitarianism, and children’s rights through the lens of the 100 year history of Save the Children UK (SCUK).
A short history of helping far-off peoples
Humanitarian appeals that obscure the complex political causes of disasters do undermine the agency and individuality of their victims, and diminish the responsibility of governments to meet the needs of their citizens.
Traitors List: ‘traitors’ in political and media rhetoric today
Traitor accusations are becoming increasingly widespread in western and international politics and media. Who are the modern ‘enemies within’ and what are the contexts in which they appear?
Digital humanitarians: a new source for crisis reporting?
Digital technologies and big data are rapidly transforming humanitarian crisis response.
Why Humanosphere’s hibernation matters – and what we can do about it
On 1st July, Humanosphere is taking a break – possibly never to return…