Fordham Faculty Seminar on Humanitarianism, 2011-12


Meeting Schedule:

1. Tues, Nov. 16, 12:30-2pm: Organization + Discussion of Barnett, Empire of Humanity, p. 1-94
2. Wed, Dec. 14, 12:30-2:30pm: Barnett, Empire of Humanity, p. 97-239

3. Mon, Jan 30: Origins of the Humanitarian Sentiment in 18th C. Europe
  • Thomas Haskell, "Capitalism and the Origins of the Humanitarian Sensibility, Part I"
  • Thomas Laqeuer, "Bodies, Details, and the Humanitarian Narrative"
  • Lynn Festa, "Humanity without Feathers"

4. Wed, Feb 15: Didier Fassin, Humanitarian Reason, Introduction, Chs. 4, 5, 6
5. Mon, Mar 5: Fassin, Humanitarian Reason, Chs. 7, 8, 9, Conclusion

6. Mon, Mar 26: Humanitarian Government and Anthropology

7. Mon, Apr 23: Meeting with Didier Fassin
  • 11:15-12:45 - Lunch + Discussion of Fassin's book
  • 1-2:15 - Fassin visits Alex's class
  • 4-5:45 - Public Lecture, "Humanitarian Government: An Anthropological Perspective", 4pm, LC

8. Mon May 7: Cross-cultural Perspectives on Humanitarianism (e.g., Islamic charity, Buddhist compassion)