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Conference Description and List of Panels - The Center for Global

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UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE

    SANTA BARBARA ; SANTA CRUZ BERKELEY ; DAVIS ; IRVINE ; LOS ANGELES ; MERCED ; RIVERSIDE ; SAN DIEGO ; SAN FRANCISCO

The Center for Global Peace and Conflict Studies School of Social Sciences

     3151 Social Science Plaza

     Irvine, CA 92697-5100

     (949) 824-6410

     (949) 824-1544

     http://www.cgpacs.uci.edu

CRITICAL INVESTIGATIONS INTO HUMANITARIANISM IN AFRICA

    JANUARY 16-17, 2009, University of California, Irvine

    Hosted by the Center for Global Peace and Conflict Studies (CGPACS) at UC, Irvine, along with the James S. Coleman Center for African Studies at UCLA, with participation from the new UC African Studies Multi-Campus Research Group.

Funded by grants from the UC Humanities Research Institute, UCI’s Office of Research, CGPACS,

    The Coleman Center, the Center for Research on International and Global Studies (RIGS), the International Center for Writing and Translation, the Interdisciplinary Center for the Scientific Study of Ethics and Morality (CEM), and the Center for Ethnography

    Purpose and goals: To conduct a critical assessment of humanitarianism as imagined and practiced in Africa. This is a truly interdisciplinary project, with specialists in anthropology, history, women’s

    studies, political science, sociology, literature, the arts, technology, medicine and public health, the policy world, and nongovernmental organizations. The conference has three major goals: 1) to draw attention to the phenomenon of humanitarianism in Africa, including the ways it produces knowledge and organizes and disciplines multiple areas of life (health and medicine, the economy, gender, politics, and religion); 2) to highlight especially the critical interventions that humanistically-oriented research brings to the phenomenon, as well as responses to these interventions by nongovernmental organizations, donors, and scholars in disciplines such as medicine and public health; and 3) to create an ongoing dialogue between humanists, medical experts, social scientists, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) regarding these interventions through a continuing blog, and disseminate information through an edited volume and participant websites.

Conference Schedule

Friday, January 16

    8:30 Continental breakfast

    8:45 Welcome: Cecelia Lynch and Andrew Apter

    9:00 Opening Remarks: Michael Drake, Chancellor, UC Irvine

9:15 -10:45

    Violence and the Political Imagination in Humanitarian Intervention

    Peter Bloom, UCSB (Film and Media Studies): Humanitarianism and Media Technologies of Disaster

    Liisa Malkki, Stanford (Anthropology)

    Ayesha Nibbe, UC Davis (Anthropology): The Making of a “Humanitarian Emergency”:

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE

    SANTA BARBARA ; SANTA CRUZ BERKELEY ; DAVIS ; IRVINE ; LOS ANGELES ; MERCED ; RIVERSIDE ; SAN DIEGO ; SAN FRANCISCO

The Center for Global Peace and Conflict Studies School of Social Sciences

     3151 Social Science Plaza

     Irvine, CA 92697-5100

     (949) 824-6410

     (949) 824-1544

     http://www.cgpacs.uci.edu

     The Case of Northern Uganda

    Stephen Commins, UCLA: Changes over time in the Humanitarian Aid Architecture

    Moderator: Victoria Bernal, Anthropology, UCI

10:45-12:30

     Resources, NGOs and the Privatization of Social Welfare

     Tekle Woldemikael, Chapman University (Sociology): The Politics of Self Reliance in

     Eritrea

     Crystal Murphy, UCI (Planning, Policy, and Design): „Trust No One‟: The Logics of

     Microfinance, Depending on Whom You Ask

    Edith Omwami UCLA (Education and Information Studies): Deconstructing Theoretical

     Perspectives and Practice in Education Sector Intervention in Africa

     Jorge Aguero and Neha Raykar, UC Riverside (Economics): A Social Welfare

     Approach to Evaluating the Millennium Development Goals

     Moderator: Deborah Avant, UCI (Political Science)

12:30-1:45 Lunch (non-participants are free to buy lunch at area eateries)

2:00- 3:30 1“Marching to Heaven”: Humanitarian practices in literature, music, art and film

    Laura J. Mitchell, UC Irvine (History): A Humane Gaze: Early European Humanitarian Gestures in

    Southern Africa

    Ngugi wa Thiong‟o, UCI (Comparative Literature): Reading from Wizard of the Crow

    Adam Finck, Invisible Children: Documentary Clips Moderator: Peter Bloom, UCSB (Film and Media Studies)

3:45- 5:30

    Practicing Humanitarianism: Roundtable on NGOs in Africa Today

    Daudi Kaliisa, Lifewater.org, San Luis Obispo

    Debra Antista-Bianchi and Allison Hart, The Africa Project, Orange County, CA

    Uzo Okereke, African International Institute, Irvine, CA Célestin Monga, The World Bank, Washington, D.C.

    Kristen Irving, Causecast, Los Angeles

    Moderator: Daniel Wehrenfennig, UCI, Political Science

    Dinner: University Club Library ($35 for non-participants; register by Jan. 12)* Opening Remarks: Barbara Dosher, Dean, School of Social Sciences, UCI

     1 From Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Wizard of the Crow, Pantheon Books, 2006.

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE

    SANTA BARBARA ; SANTA CRUZ BERKELEY ; DAVIS ; IRVINE ; LOS ANGELES ; MERCED ; RIVERSIDE ; SAN DIEGO ; SAN FRANCISCO

The Center for Global Peace and Conflict Studies School of Social Sciences

     3151 Social Science Plaza

     Irvine, CA 92697-5100

     (949) 824-6410

     (949) 824-1544

     http://www.cgpacs.uci.edu

Saturday, January 17

    9:00-10:30

    The New Humanitarian Missionizing and Old Paternalism: has anything changed in religious and secular humanitarian logics?

    Cilas Kemedjio, University of Rochester (French): The Humanitarian Misunderstanding: Fragmented States and the Privatization of Imperialism

    Siba N‟Zatioula Grovogui, Johns Hopkins (Political Science): Humanitarians At War: Zoe‟s Ark,

    Their Critics, and the Children They Love

    Cecelia Lynch, UCI (Political Science): New Liberal Logics and Resistances in Christian and Muslim Humanitarianism

    Moderator: Erica Bornstein, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (Anthropology)

10:45-12:15

    Discourses of Aid and the Production of Sexuality and Gender

    Paula Tavrow and Julia Dudek, UCLA (Public Health): Breaking the Silence: Safer Sexuality and Conception for HIV-Positive Africans

    Andrew Apter, UCLA (History): The New Maternalism: Celebrity Motherhood and Logics of Reproduction

    Deborah Mindry, UCLA (Public Health): Engendering Care: Humanitarian Interventions and the Ethics of Care

    Moderator: TBA

12:15-1:30

    Box Lunch ($12 for non-participants; register by Jan. 12)*

1:30- 3:00

    Imagining and Practicing Law and Foreign Policy in a Humanitarian World Audie Klotz, Syracuse (Political Science): Out of Africa: The Roots of South African Ambivalence toward Intervention

    Benjamin Lawrence, UC Davis (History): Eradicating Shrine “Wives” and Fishing

     “Boys”: Drafting Anti-Child Trafficking Legislation in West Africa, c.1990-2007 Mark Fathi Massoud, Stanford (Center for Democracy, Development, and the Rule of

     Law): Rule-of-Law Intervention in Sudan

    Moderator: Jean Tompihé, UCI, Political Science/Economics

3:15- 4:45

    Practices of Medical Intervention and Neoliberal Discourses

    Oladele Ogunseitan, UCI (Global Public Health): Stalking the Burden of

     Disease in Africa

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE

    SANTA BARBARA ; SANTA CRUZ BERKELEY ; DAVIS ; IRVINE ; LOS ANGELES ; MERCED ; RIVERSIDE ; SAN DIEGO ; SAN FRANCISCO

The Center for Global Peace and Conflict Studies School of Social Sciences

     3151 Social Science Plaza

     Irvine, CA 92697-5100

     (949) 824-6410

     (949) 824-1544

     http://www.cgpacs.uci.edu

    Kenneth E. Keirstead & *Hans Stegmann Keirstead, UCI (Anatomy and Neurobiology): Expatriate

     Funding and Capital Investments in Medical Intervention

    Dennis Mull, USC (Keck School of Medicine and Sherati Health Education and Development

     Foundation: Primary Health Care and W.H.O.‟s Health for All Revisited

    Kristin Peterson, UCI (Anthropology): The Trials of Tenofovir in Nigeria: Mobilizing

     Ethics, Markets, and Clinical Molecules

    Moderator: TBA

    4:30-5:00 Group Discussion: Resistances to and Transformations of Humanitarianism: Moving Critical Investigations Forward

*For conference and meal registration, contact Sandra Cushman, scushman@uci.edu or 949/824-

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