Looking for Humanitarian Purpose: Endurance and Its Limits in a Palestinian Refugee Camp

Ilana Feldman

Perspectives on Humanitarianism Lecture Series
Sponsored by International Studies Program

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
7 p.m.
Ilana Feldman bio

The International Studies Program is pleased to present the Perspectives on Humanitarianism Lecture Series of five talks this spring.

This first talk explores the vexing question of humanitarian purpose. It specifically considers the challenge of defining and pursuing this purpose in the context of long-term humanitarian interventions. Drawing from ethnographic research with a Doctors Without Borders mental health project in a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon, Professor Feldman explores the humanitarian turn to endurance as a purpose: helping people better cope with circumstances they cannot change.

Ilana Feldman is Associate Professor of Anthropology, History, and International Affairs at George Washington University. Her publications include Governing Gaza: Bureaucracy, Authority, and the Work of Rule, 1917-67 (2008) and In the Name of Humanity: The Government of Threat and Care (2010; co-edited with Miriam Ticktin).

Co-sponsored by the  International Studies Program, CLAS, the Laura & Ralph Mueller Endowment for Islamic Studies Lecture, Academic Innovation Fund, Dept. of Anthropology, and Dept. of Earth and Environment

This event is open to the public.

Free; no tickets required.

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