Rechtskulturen Conversation
Mon 06 May 2013 | 10:00–13:00

Aidland: the anthropological concept

Raymond Apthorpe (London); Convener: Antonio De Lauri (Rechtskulturen Fellow 2012-13)

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Juristische Fakultät, Room E23, Unter den Linden 9, 10099 Berlin

Beyond specific aid policies, strategies, programmes, and projects across borders, whether those be of  'just helping' or of 'forced entry or exclusion', or indeed both as for example in R2P, there is a 'bigger picture' for anthropological research to address for example on: ex ante assessment of actual assistance needs and likely outcomes of such assistance; and, brand, package, and product with regard to some consequentialism for international humanitarian law.
This seminar offers an overview and an assessment of three recent papers by the speaker on some aspects of that 'bigger picture' of 'care' and 'control' regarding international aid across borders: Who? is international aid; With Alice in Aidland: a seriously satirical allegory; and Effective aid: the poetics of some aid workers angles of humanitarian aid 'works'.

Professor Raymond Apthorpe, formerly of Australian National University (Development Studies and International Relations), currently of SOAS, University of London (Social Anthropology and Development) and the Royal Anthropological Institute, London (Council and Trustee), has long been one of the leading scholars examining the policies and practices of humanitarian and development assistance, including extensive involvement with evaluations of a large humanitarian programmes. His fields of interest include aspects of the sociology of law, governance and land reform in Africa and Asia, peace and conflict studies, cognitive anthropology, and critical discourse analysis.

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