This collection interrogates the representation of humanitarian crisis and catastrophe, and the refraction of humanitarian intervention and action, from the mid-twentieth century to the present, across a diverse range of media forms: traditional and contemporary screen media (film, television and online video) as well as newspapers, memoirs, music festivals and social media platforms (such as Facebook, YouTube and Flickr). The book thus explores the historical, cultural and political contexts that have shaped the mediation of humanitarian relationships since the middle of the twentieth century. Together, the chapters illustrate the continuities and connections, as well as the differences, which have characterised the mediatisation of both states of emergency and acts of amelioration. The authors reveal and explore the significant synergies between the humanitarian enterprise, the endeavour to alleviate the suffering of particular groups, and media representations, and their modes of addressing and appealing to specific publics. The chapters consider the ways in which media texts, technologies and practices reflect and shape the shifting moral, political, ethical, rhetorical, ideological and material dimensions of international humanitarian emergency and intervention, and have become integral to the changing relationships between organisations, institutions, governments, individual actors and entire sectors.
Kasaija Phillip Apuuli is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at Makerere University, Uganda.
Danielle Beswick is Senior Lecturer in the International Development Department at the University of Birmingham.
William Brown is Senior Lecturer in Government and Politics at the Open University.
David Curran is Research Fellow in the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University.
Niheer Dasandi is Birmingham Fellow in the International Development Department at the University of Birmingham.
Jonathan Fisher is Reader in African Politics in the International Development Department at the University of Birmingham.
Graham Harrison is Professor in the Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield.
David Hudson is Birmingham Professorial Research Fellow in Politics and Development in the International Development Department at the University of Birmingham.
Stephen R. Hurt is Reader in International Relations at Oxford Brookes University.
Mark Langan is Senior Lecturer in International Politics at Newcastle University.
Ivica Petrikova is Lecturer in International Relations at Royal Holloway, University of London.
Jennifer vanHeerde-Hudson is Senior Lecturer in Political Behaviour at University College London.
Alex Vines OBE is Head of the Africa Programme and Director for Area Studies and International Law at Chatham House and an Assistant Professor at Coventry University.