Events from 31 August, 2016

  • Date
  • 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, Davide Rodogno considers the relevance of this question for the history of humanitarianism. Drawing on new research, and his recent study, Humanitarian Photography: A History (CUP, 2015), Professor Rodogno will discuss 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, in historical perspective. As he argues, the point of bringing together reflection on the reading of images and the history of humanitarianism is not to theorise but to mobilise history and the historian’s methodology, and to bring history to bear on a hotly debated contemporary debate.

    Davide Rodogno is professor at the Graduate Institute and currently serves as head of the International History Department (2014-2017). His doctoral thesis was published in English as Fascism’s European Empire (Cambridge University Press, 2006). He was grantee of the Rockefeller Archives Centre in 2011, and of the SNSF ‘Sinergia’ programme (2011-2014) on a project entitled Patterns of Transnational Regulations. He researches the history of international organisations and NGOs, of philanthropic foundations, transnational public health experts, relief and development programs a. 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). Rodogno co-edited and authored: Shaping the Transnational Sphere: Networks of Experts and Organisations in the Long Nineteenth Century (Berghahn Books, 2014); Humanitarian Photography: A History (CUP, 2015); and The League of Nations’ work on Social Issues (UN Press, 2016). He currently works on a third monograph tentatively entitled: Night on Earth - Humanitarian Organisations’ Actions on Behalf of Civilian Populations in the Aftermath of the First World War.

  • 7th September, 2016
    5-7pm (with afternoon tea)
  • 4th October, 2016

    Scholarly Musings: A Curious Establishment: James Bray and His Museum of Curios

    Dr Peter Hobbins, from the Department of History, explores a long-forgotten Sydney institution and its accumulated 'native' artefacts, colonial relics and natural history specimens.