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Humanitarian Missions: An Italian-German Conversation on Europe, the United States, and the Global South in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Century

Event info

  • today from 18/11/2019 to 20/11/2019
  • place Villa Vigoni
  • lock_outlineBy invitation
  • All information regarding the event is provided under the responsibility of the coordinators.
  • Coordination

    Prof. Dr. Sönke Kunkel, Freie Universität Berlin,

    Prof. Silvia Salvatici, Università degli Studi di Milano,

    Dr. Ilaria Scaglia, Aston University, Birmingham.  


“Humanitarian Missions” seeks to inquire into the historical ideas, practices, and concerns that moved European and American actors to provide aid to distant people in need. Historians have increasingly addressed the international ramifications of humanitarian aid and humanitarianism in recent years, but often treat European and American activism in isolation from each other. This has left transatlantic entanglements, exchanges, transfers, and in-between spaces of humanitarianism as well as forms of conflict and competition since the nineteenth century somewhat underexplored. The workshop’s goal is to address such entanglements. At the same time, we would also like to discuss comparative perspectives: How did ideas and practices of aid differ across the Atlantic? What visions of humanity did Europeans and Americans formulate? What difference did they make?