Political Humanitarianism: Principles, Negotiation, Compromise

Guest Lecture Series

10 March 2020
Versione stampabile


Venue: Palazzo Paolo Prodi, via Tommaso Gar 14 (Trento) – Room 001
Time: 14.15 - 16.00


  • Antonio De Lauri - Chr. Michelsen Institute, Bergen


When does humanitarian action become political action? How do humanitarian actors negotiate their space of intervention in contexts governed by strong political agendas and military forces? Defining what is and what is not humanitarianism is increasingly difficult in a global context where, on the one hand, humanitarian crises proliferate and, on the other, humanitarian discourses are mobilized by a growing plurality of actors including NGOs, diplomats, activists and soldiers. Building on the analysis of ideas and practices of international interventions and humanitarian diplomacy, the lecture addresses the negotiated nature of humanitarian aid in contexts of conflict and complex emergency. The lecture will also discuss how the notion of "humanity" is used in the framework of humanitarian military interventions.