Events from 29 June, 2016

  • Date
  • 22nd July, 2016

    Social Imaginaries Dominance and Resistance Conference

    Keynote Speakers

    Sally Haslanger (MIT)

    José Medina (Vanderbilt)

  • 8th August, 2016

    2016 Tom Austen Brown Lecture

    Environmental Conservation and Archaeology  

    Dr Steve Wolverton
    University of North Texas  

    Archaeologists increasingly contribute data and perspectives to conservation biology, restoration ecology, and environmental science.  Although zooarchaeology, and to a lesser extent archaeobotany, have led the way, what archaeology truly has to offer stems from the unique nature of the discipline.  Archaeology is the only field of study that offers a long-term record of human-environmental interactions.  There are two major contributions that archaeologists provide conservationists, one philosophical and one empirical.  The value of archaeology in environmental conservation is easily demonstrated through exemplary case studies.

  • 5th September, 2016

    Reading the Humanitarian/Visual Archive

    Sponsored by the Laureate Research Program in International History, University of Sydney

    On the relation between media and humanitarian institutions: the case of a “horrific photo of a drowned Syrian child”

    Professor Davide Rodogno
    Geneva Graduate Institute

    How do we read images? In this presentation, Professor Rodogno will focus on how he has read images as part of the history of humanitarianism. In this case, he focuses on the symbiotic relation between media and humanitarian institutions; the continuities and ruptures of the uses and abuses of some tropes; the moral stance of some humanitarians and their institutions, all in historical perspective. The point of the paper is not to theorise, but to mobilise history, the historian’s methodology and to bring history into a hotly debated contemporary debate.

    Davide Rodogno is Fonds National Suisse Research Professor at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. He researches the history of philanthropic foundations, transnational public health experts and the World Health Organization’s development programs during the Cold War. In 2011 he published Against Massacre: Humanitarian Interventions in the Ottoman Empire (1815-1914), the Birth of a Concept and International Practice (Princeton University Press). During the summer of 2012, the Kofi Annan Foundation mandated Rodogno to write a report documenting the experience of the United Nations and League of Arab States Joint Special Envoy for Syria. More recently, Rodogno was co-editor and author of Humanitarian Photography and Transnational Networks of Experts. He is currently working on a third monograph From Relief to Rehabilitation : Humanitarian Organizations’ Actions on Behalf of Civilian Populations in the Aftermath of the First World War.