You will receive a printed copy of our programme in your conference pack at registration. If you would like a digital copy of the booklet to read – you can download a PDF copy of the booklet here: Global Humanitarianism and Media Culture Programme


REGISTRATION                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  13:30-14:00

WELCOME AND KEYNOTE 1                                                                                                                                                                                                    14:00-15:45
Post-Humanitarianism. The contemporary politics of solidarity
Professor Lilie Chouliaraki, London School of Economics

Chair: Rachel Tavernor, University of Sussex

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PLENARY 1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         16:15-18.00
Celebrity Humanitarianism and North-South Relations
Chair: Anke Schwittay, University of Sussex

  • Lisa Ann Richey, Roskilde University, Celebrity Humanitarianism and North-South Relations: Politics, Place and Power
  • Alexandra Cosima Budabin, University of Dayton, USA, When Access in the North Outweighs the South: Comparing Ben Affleck’s Influence in the US and Congolese Contexts
  • Dan Brockington, University of Manchester, The Paradoxes of Celebrity Advocacy 

DRINKS RECEPTION                                                                                                                                                                                                                  18:00-18.30


REGISTRATION                                                                                                                                                                                                                               09.00-09:15

PARALLEL SESSIONS 1                                                                                                                                                                                                              09.15-11:00

Chair: Bruno Campanella, Universidade Federal Fluminense

  • Ibrahim Mohammed, Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission, Civil Society, Advocacy and Social Media: An examination of the Bring Back Our Girls Campaign
  • Rana S. Hassan, Qatar University, Social Media and Philanthropy: How Qatari Charity Organizations are Using Social Media in Persuasion
  • Alexis Constantinou, University of South Wales, Web of Confusion? – The Quakers’ use of social media in their humanitarian work in Israel-Palestine

Chair: Alexandra Cosima Budabin, University of Dayton

  • Philip Onguny, Saint Paul University, Ottawa, Role of Mobile Media in Supporting Humanitarian Activities in Conflict-Affected Areas
  • Katerina Loukopoulou, Panteion University, Athens, Classical Antiquity as Humanitarian Narrative: Marshall Plan Films about Greece
  • Eline Huiberts, Ghent University, Spectators of distant suffering: towards an interdisciplinary approach for empirical inquiry

Chair: Wilma de Jong, University of Sussex

  • Anne-Meike Fechter, University of Sussex, Direct Connections? Do-it-yourself-Aid and Digital Media in Cambodia.
  • Eiman Eissa, Qatar University, An Analysis of Al Jazeera Media Network’s Collaboration with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to “Give Voice to the Voiceless”
  • Gillian Gordon, Royal Holloway, Red Balloons: Video production in refugee communities

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PARALLEL SESSIONS 2                                                                                                                                                                                                         11.30-13:15

Chair: Martin Scott, University of East Anglia

  • Anna Feigenbaum and John Horne, The Tear Gas Research Connection, Getting to the Truth Behind the Tears: Data and Design in the Tear Gas Research Connection project
  • Jonathan Ong, University of Leicester (co-authors: Mirca Madianou & Liezel Longboan), Humanitarian Technologies: Ordinary Uses in Extraordinary Times
  • Eleftheria Lekakis, University of Sussex, A Genealogy of Digital Humanitarianism: Think Big (Data) for Development and Social Change?

Chair: Rachel Tavernor, University of Sussex

  • Jairo Lugo-Ocando, University of Sheffield, Journalism practice needs to communicate risk if it wants to achieve effective humanitarian communication
  • Heather D Curtis, Tufts University, Sensational Suffering: Religion, Media & the Politics of Pictorial Humanitarianism in the late-19th Century United States.
  • Glenda Cooper, City University London, The ‘virtual doorstep’: how citizen journalists caught up in disasters experience the use of their words/images in mainstream media.

Chair: Emily Bauman, New York University

  • Kaarina Nikunen, University of Tampere, Affective Economy in Humanitarian Reality Series
  • Michael Lawrence, University of Sussex, “United Nations” Children and Humanitarian Endeavour in Hollywood Films of the 1940s
  • Benjamin A. J. Pearson, University of Michigan, Art House Aid: Reading Development and Humanitarianism in the Texts of Audio-visual Assistance

LUNCH                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             13:15-14:15

PARALLEL SESSIONS 3                                                                                                                                                                                                         14.15-16:00

Chair: Shohini Chaudhuri, University of Essex

  • Jake Lynch, University of Sydney, Peace Journalism as research scholarship and a form of media development in conflict
  • Vladimir Bratic, Hollins University, The Role of New Media and Technologies in Peacebuilding
  • Agnieszka Sobocinska, Monash University, The Beautiful Americans: the Peace Corps and the popular reinvention of the Third World

Chair: Lene Bull Christiansen, Roskilde University

  • Kate Wright, University of Roehampton, Trying to inject ‘the humanitarian gene back into this big beast’: Intra-organisational struggles over the meaning and purpose of media production at Save the Children UK.
  • Bruno Campanella, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Celebrity, social entrepreneurism and new models of societal engagement in Brazil 
  • Andrew Jones, University of Birmingham, The Problem of Images? Television and the Humanitarian Industry in Britain since the 1960s

Chair: Eleftheria Lekakis, University of Sussex

  • Odile Vallee, School of Communication of Audencia Group, Portraying global poverty: Learnings from the microcredit experience
  • Kinga Polynczuk-Alenius and Mervi Pantti, University of Helsinki, Fair trade brand communication in social media as (post)humanitarian communication. The case of Pizca del Mundo (Poland) and Reilu kauppa (Finland)
  • Emily Bauman, New York University, Young, Global, and Ready to Read: Contemporary Humanitarian Children’s Books                              

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KEYNOTE 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   16:30-18.00

Humanitarian Narratives – missing out on the politics?
Professor Suzanne Franks, City University London

Chair: Professor Ivor Gaber, University of Sussex


PARALLEL SESSIONS 4                                                                                                                                                                                                         09:30-11:15

Chair: Jonathan Ong, University of Leicester

  • Martin Scott, University of East Anglia, Distant suffering online: The unfortunate irony of cyber-utopian narratives
  • Anke Schwittay, University of Sussex and Paul Braund, RiOS Institute, Sentiments of Aid: Everyday Humanitarian Communications for Online Microfinance
  • Noureddine Miladi, Qatar University, Doha, Qatar, New Media and the Mediation of Humanitarianism: The creation of a global consciousness or commercialization of human suffering

Chair: Jairo Lugo-Ocando, University of Sheffield

  • Mie Vestergaard, Roskilde University, From Action to Alleviation – Humanitarian Engagement with Conflict Victims: The Case of Biafra 1967-70
  • Emma Heywood, University of Manchester, Comparing Russian, French and UK Television News: Portrayals of the Casualties of War
  • Valérie Gorin, CERAH, University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute, A path into alternative models? The role of citizen journalism in global representations of humanitarianism

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KEYNOTE 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  11:45-13.15
‘Telegenically dead Palestinians’: Cinema, News Media and Perception Management of the Gaza conflicts 
Dr. Shohini Chaudhuri, University of Essex

Chair: Michael Lawrence, University of Sussex

LUNCH                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             13:15-14:15

PLENARY 2 AND CLOSE                                                                                                                                                                                                       14.15-16:15
Chair: Professor Suzanne Franks, City University London

  • Noora Kotilainen, Finnish Institute of International Affairs, A Social Media Revolution? Syrian chemical attack images in western media and international politics
  • Toby Fricker, UNICEF Jordan, Reporting Za’atari: The media portrayal of children in the world’s 2nd largest refugee camp
  • Juliette Harkin, University of East Anglia, Working on the side of dignity: reflecting on the Syrian crisis
  • Robin Vandevoordt, University of Antwerp, Humanitarian media events: the case of the Belgian appeal for Syrian refugees.

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SAVE THE CHILDREN FUND FILM SCREENING                                                                                                                                                16:30-18:00
A special screening of the previously banned Save the Children Fund Film (Ken Loach 1971) with Fernando Espada, Humanitarian Affairs Adviser, Save the Children UK


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