To celebrate the Routledge Handbook of Humanitarian Communication, which came out in the midst of the pandemic, we invite you to a seminar with a series of short talks showcasing eight of the handbook’s 27 contributions. Please join us for a full afternoon of talks, for a few select talks or simply come toast with us at the reception.
The Routledge Handbook of Humanitarian Communication is an authoritative and comprehensive guide to research in the academic sub-field of humanitarian communication. It is broadly focused on communication that presents human vulnerability as a cause for public concern and encompasses communication with respect to humanitarian aid and development as well as human rights and "humanitarian" wars.
Recent years have seen the expansion of critical scholarship on humanitarian communication across a range of academic fields, sharing recognition of the centrality of media and communications to our understanding of humanitarianism as an agent of transnational power, global governance and cosmopolitan solidarity. The Handbook brings into dialogue these diverse fields, their theoretical frameworks and methodological approaches as well as the public debates that lie at the heart of the contemporary politics of humanitarianism. It consolidates existing knowledge and maps out this emerging field as an important site of interdisciplinary knowledge production on media, communication and humanitarianism.
As such, the Handbook is not simply a collection of texts sharing a similar theme. It is a coherent intellectual contribution which systematises current critical scholarship in terms of Domains, Methods and Issues and sets an agenda of emerging and evolving research priorities in the field. Consisting of 26 chapters written by international scholars, who have contributed to laying the foundation of the field, this volume provides an essential guide to the key ideas, issues, concepts and debates of humanitarian communication.
Thursday 19 January at Dalgas Have 15, Room: Ø.0.89
12:30 - 13:00 Humanitarian Communication in the 21st Century
13:00 - 14:20 Session 1: Humanitarian Communication
Chair: Mette Mortensen, University of Copenhagen
Mervi Pantti, University of Helsinki: Disaster Aid & Humanitarian Communication
Maria Kyriakidou, Cardiff University: The Audience of Humanitarian Communication
14:20 - 14:40 Break
14:40 - 16:00 Session 2: Humanitarianism on Market Terms
Chair: Bolette Blågaard, Aalborg University
Lisa Ann Richey and Stefano Ponte, Copenhagen Business School: Humanitarianism in Corporate Branding. The case of Brand Aid
Mehita Iqani, Stellenbosch University: Humanitarianism in the African Luxury Designer Market