Humanitarianism in a Different Key: Principled Pragmatism for Long Term Displacement

Humanitarianism in a Different Key: Principled Pragmatism for Long Term Displacement
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Humanitarianism in a Different Key: Principled Pragmatism for Long Term Displacement
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Date & Time: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 16:30
Location: Lebanese American University- Beirut Campus
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Date: Wednesday September 13, 2017

Time: 04:30 pm till 06:00 pm

Location: Adnan Kassar School of Business Building, Room 903, Lebanese American University-Beirut Campus


Humanitarianism in a different key?

Principled pragmatism for long term refugee crises.   

Contemporary refugee movements have increased self-reflection among humanitarian actors operating in ‘non-traditional’ environments in urban contexts, in Europe, along routes over land and sea, and on borders and in borderlands. Current refugee movements add to an increasing number of refugees who are stuck in long-term situations of displacement, where refugees feel that their displacement is never-ending with no solution in sight. In this talk I bring together discourses of humanitarianism and development to critically interrogate the conditions for humanitarianism in long-term crises. The starting point is that non-traditional domains of humanitarian practice together with the ever-increasing number of refugees in long-term situations require new approaches to humanitarian practice. By using protracted refugee situations as a starting point, I analyse current strategies by humanitarian actors in the context of emerging debates around long-term assistance by and beyond humanitarians and into the development domain. I focus in particular on the challenges and limitations that humanitarian actors face in negotiating the ethical register within which they operate:  that is, humanitarian principles. Recognising that long-term displacement requires responses that are closer to development practices, while operating within a constrained political environment, I combine ideas from development studies and the ethics of care in a pragmatic approach to suggest an ethics of humanitarianism that could enable development-in-displacement for people forced to live in protracted displacement.