Humanitarianism challenged: Critical perspectives from the Middle East and beyond
This masterclass will explore contemporary challenges to humanitarianism and conflict response in the Middle East region and beyond.
The role of agencies working to deliver aid, to limit the impacts of conflict and to help build sustained peace is being subjected to examination from practical, political and ethical perspectives arguably as never before.
In this masterclass, Philippe Clerc, Oxfam International’s Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for MENA, will share his experience of the diverse challenges to humanitarianism and conflict response in the Middle East region and beyond. The masterclass will take place in Amman, Jordan.
Philippe Clerc will be joined by three scholars of humanitarianism and conflict response from the University of Bath:
Luisa Enria will discuss 'Negotiating politics and ethics in humanitarian work: The experience from Ebola in Sierra Leone'
Oliver Walton will share findings from his research 'Humanitarianism in the midst of war: Negotiating with the Sri Lankan state'
Jason Hart will ask 'Is the rights-based approach still relevant to humanitarian assistance to children in the Middle East?'
New master's course launched
This masterclass is a taster for the University of Bath's new MSc Humanitarianism, Conflict and Development starting in September 2018.
The new master’s is a part-time, distance-learning course with residentials (two in Bath and an optional residential in Amman, Jordan), allowing students to continue working alongside their studies.
It aims to develop a critical understanding of conflict and humanitarian crisis and enhance skills in peacebuilding and humanitarian response. Additionally, students will also explore sustainable policy solutions that address the needs of those displaced by conflict and natural disaster.