Author: Fabian Klose

GHRA fellow Sam de Schutter on “Disability, development and humanitarianism”

Cross-posted from: http://rethinkingdisability.net/disability-development-and-humanitarianism-the-global-humanitarianism-research-academy/ Today “the world faces the largest humanitarian crisis since the end of the second world war”, the UN under secretary-general for humanitarian affairs recently declared. This statement shows that humanitarianism is very much alive today, but that it apparently also has a history. But why am I…

Exchange Ships: A Paradigm in Global Diplomacy by Prof. Madeleine Herren-Oesch

Cross-posted from https://swiss-diplo.ch/projekt/exchange-ships/ Research Project by Prof. Dr. Madeleine Herren-Oesch Swiss Diplomacy of «Good Offices» in Asia during World War II In diplomatic history, the so called «good offices’ diplomacy» is a well-known but still under-investigated characteristic instrument of Swiss diplomacy. Historiography usually understands practices of mediation as related to…

“On site, in time”: Chios by Fabian Klose

Regarding our new IEG open access publication “On site, in time” here is my article on the island of Chios, in which I focus on the massacre of Chios in 1822 and its impact on international interventionism. Cross-posted from: http://en.ieg-differences.eu/on-site-in-time/fabian-klose-chios/ The Massacre of Chios in 1822 (constellations) During the year 1822,…

“On site, in time”: St. Louis by Sarah Panter

Regarding our new IEG open access publication “On site, in time” here is Sarah Panter’s article on St. Louis, in which she focuses on German revolutionaries and aboltion. Cross-posted from: http://en.ieg-differences.eu/on-site-in-time/sarah-panter-st-louis-mo/ For the Union and against slavery: the Camp Jackson Affair in May 1861 St. Louis, which was originally founded in 1763 as…

What Does it Mean to Act with Humanity?

Cross-posted from imperialglobalexeter Fabian Klose and Mirjam Thulin (eds.), Humanity: A History of European Concepts in Practice From the Sixteenth Century to the Present. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2016. 324 pp. £75 (hardback), ISBN: 9783525101452 Reviewed by Ben Holmes (University of Exeter) What does it mean to belong to the…

Conference Report “Humanity – A History of European Concepts in Practice” by Ceren Aygül

Report by Ceren Aygül, Leibniz Institute of European History, Mainz Cross-posted from: http://www.hsozkult.de/conferencereport/id/tagungsberichte-6353   This interdisciplinary conference, organized by Fabian Klose (Mainz) and Mirjam Thulin (Mainz) on behalf of the members of IEG research group “Coping with Difference – Concepts of Humanity and Humanitarian Practices”, was held at the Leibniz Institute…

ICRC Audiovisual Archives Portal now Open!

Cross-posted from http://icrchistory.tumblr.com/ An audiovisual treasure chest containing thousands of ICRC photos, films/videos and audio recordings documenting the ICRC past and present is now opened to public. This new online platform, aimed at anyone curious to find out more about the audiovisual history of this 153 years humanitarian institution’s history,…

“Refugees are Human” – Humanitarian Narratives and Strategies

  In a recent conference held at the Leibniz Institute of European History international scholars discussed in an interdisciplinary dialogue the history of European concepts of humanity in practice. However, as matter of fact the relationship between concepts and practices of humanity is not only one of historical research, but…

Socioeconomic Rights in History Network

Rights, Duties and the Politics of Obligation: Socioeconomic Rights in History Socioeconomic rights have a long but poorly understood history. They are sometimes referred to as ‘second generation rights’, as twentieth-century additions to core civil and political rights stretching back to the European Enlightenment. Yet, socioeconomic rights – such as…

Impressions of the GHRA 2015 on IEG YouTube

Here you will find impressions of the organizers and some participants of the first Global Humanitarianism Research Academy (GHRA) on IEG YouTube, which took place during July 2015 at the Leibniz Institute of European History in Mainz and in the Archives of the International Committee of the Red Cross in…

The Future of the Past: Shining the Light of History on the Challenges Facing Principled Humanitarian Action

Cross-Posted from imperialglobalexeter Andrew Thompson History Department, University of Exeter Even as Red Cross and Red Crescent societies around the world mark the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the movement’s Fundamental Principles, there is a palpable sense that they are at risk. Threatened not only by the resurgence of…

The Future of the Past: Shining the Light of History on the Challenges Facing Principled Humanitarian Action

Cross-Posted from imperialglobalexeter Andrew Thompson History Department, University of Exeter Even as Red Cross and Red Crescent societies around the world mark the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the movement’s Fundamental Principles, there is a palpable sense that they are at risk. Threatened not only by the resurgence of…

Q&A: What Can Red Cross Records Say About History of Humanitarianism & Human Rights?

Cross-posted from http://imperialglobalexeter.com/ 15/09/14 An Imperial & Global Forum Interview Professor Richard Toye (RT) interviews Centre Director Andrew Thompson (AT). Professor Thompson recently returned from an archival visit to the ICRC and would like to thank Jean-Luc Blondel and his colleagues for their assistance and guidance. RT: Andrew, you’ve recently come back…

The Global Anti-Apartheid Movement, 1946-1994

Dr. Nicholas Grant, American Studies, University of East Anglia Cross-posted from http://imperialglobalexeter.com/ 15/07/14 Last month saw the publication of the Radical History Review’s special issue on ‘The Global Anti-Apartheid Movement’. Appearing on the 20th anniversary of South African democracy, the issue contains articles, roundtables and review pieces that explore a…

Dutch Imperial Past Returns to Haunt the Netherlands

Paul DoolanUniversity of Zurich and Zurich International School Cross-posted from http://imperialglobalexeter.com/ 07/04/14 In July 2012 a Dutch national newspaper, de Volkskrant, published two photos on its front page showing Dutch soldiers brutally shooting and killing unarmed victims in a mass grave. The images were shocking to a nation that prides…

Writing Human Rights into the History of State Socialism

Ned Richardson-Little Associate Research Fellow, University of Exeter Cross-posted from http://imperialglobalexeter.com/ 24/03/14 The collapse of the Communist Bloc in 1989-1991 is viewed as one of the great triumphs of the human rights movement. But this ignores how socialist elites of the Eastern Bloc viewed themselves: not as the villains in…