BISA 2022 Roundtable: Re-imagining International Relations: Proposals for Building a Decolonized Discipline
June 14th, 2022
As part of a special issue on ‘Decolonizing the disciplines’ for the Review of International Studies Dr. Consolata Raphael Sulley (University of Dar es Salaam') and Prof. Lisa Ann Richey (CBS) presented their paper "The Messy Practice of Decolonizing a Concept: Everyday Humanitarianism in Tanzania" at the BISA 2022 roundtable Re-imagining International Relations: Proposals for Building a Decolonized Discipline chaired by Maja Zehfuss. The roundtable was joined by Ajay Parasram, Dana El Kurd, Kristina Hinds, Ilan Kapoor and Somdeep Sen, who is also the special issue editor.
The Messy Practice of Decolonizing Everyday Humanitarianism underscored the importance of making and remaking concepts and theories from the context within which they are made and applied as a decolonizing practice. The work also documented the ongoing messy practice involved in decolonizing the concept of humanitarianism through close collaboration between scholars committed to understanding it from the ground up, using everyday humanitarianism as a concept in progress.
Panel: Taking ideology out of humanitarianism? The everyday, corporate interests and the politics of global solidarity
November 4th, 2021
EHTZ's Lisa Ann Richey, together with Tanja Müller chaired the panel session "Taking ideology out of humanitarianism? The everyday, corporate interests and the politics of global solidarity" at the World Conference on Humanitarian Studies. The panel placed a specific focus on two interlinked areas: It firstly asked how everyday humanitarianism as a practice seen from below and above, and from the Global North and the Global South, can provide a means to foster horizontal solidarities. Secondly, it interrogated the politics behind technology or labour market-focused humanitarian action by the business sector and asked if such practices advance horizontal solidarities or cement vertical power structures and colonial imagery.
As part of the panel, we presented the paper The Messy Practice of Decolonizing a Concept: Everyday Humanitarianism in Tanzania, authored by Lisa Ann Richey, Consolata Sulley and Daudi Mukangara. The paper explores the messy practice of decolonizing a concept through our collaborative work as EHTZ, between scholars researching together the meaning of everyday humanitarianism in Tanzania. It argues for grounding decolonization in the actual practices of research collaboration aimed at theory building as an iterative back-and-forth exchange, rather than a transplant of Northern theory on the South, or its opposite. It further highlights that understanding both the challenges and the possibilities of decolonizing ’humanitarianism’ will provide an opportunity to document and thus legitimate the messiness that is inherent in decolonizing a discipline.
Paper seminar: The Messy Practice of Decolonizing a Concept: Everyday Humanitarianism in Tanzania
September 9th, 2021
As part of CBS Center for Business and Development Studies' research cluster "Knowledge in Global Development" (KGD) Dr. Consolata Raphael Sulley (University of Dar es Salaam and Visiting Researcher at CBS) and Prof. Lisa Ann Richey (CBS) presented their paper "The Messy Practice of Decolonizing a Concept: Everyday Humanitarianism in Tanzania" for a special issue on ‘Decolonizing the disciplines’ for the Review of International Studies. Their paper explores how decolonization should be grounded in the actual practices of research collaboration aimed at theory building as an iterative back-and-forth exchange, rather than a transplant of Northern theory on the South. Their attempts to decolonize an already established concept, from a certain positionality, exposes the challenges and 'messiness' that decolonization in practice entails. A special thank you to the discussants for a lively and valuable conversation and feedback!
12th Mwalimu J.K.Nyerere intellectual festival
July 1st, 2021
As part of the 12th Mwalimu J.K.Nyerere intellectual festival at the University of Dar es Salaam, EHTZ's senior researcher Dr. Consolata Sulley lectured at the opening ceremony The Quest for Pan African Unity: Current and Future Prospects. Her speech focused on the role and meaning of democratic elections in Tanzania. She concludes that the elections held in several African countries should be considered as 'elections without choice' as they fail to meet democratic standards.
You can watch Dr. Sulley's lecture here.
Presentation for Médecins sans frontières
June 23rd, 2021
Illustration hanging on the wall in the Livingstone Memorial Museum in Ujiji in Kigoma Region in Western Tanzania. Photo: Pernille Bærendtsen.
EHTZ's PhD researcher, Pernille Bærendtsen gave a presentation for Doctors Without Borders (Denmark) at its summer school at Borups Højskole in Copenhagen. The presentation drew on research and her own practical experiences from development and humanitarian work in East Africa. She provided a background with departure in Tanzania’s history on slave trade, colonisation over independence to development with the case of Denmark’s engagement in Tanzania, as well as an overview of current critical discussions on humanitarian work in regards to the global South and North relationship, need for a new language, structural racism, decolonisation, as well as how humanitarianism and development commonly is communicated to Western audiences.
The presentation was followed by questions from the summer school participants.
African Studies Association 63rd Virtual Annual Meeting
December 21, 2020
On November 20th EHTZ team organized a panel COVID-19 Convergence of Diplomacy, Pan-Africanism, & Humanitarianism at the ASA 63rd virtual annual meeting. In the panel chaired by Lisa Ann Richey our team presented two papers; The Gift of Covid Organics to Tanzania: Pan-Africanism, South-South Humanitarianism and Africa's place in the World was presented by Herbert Hambati and Lisa Ann Richey. Further, Rosemary Msoka, Opportuna Kweka and Simon Turner presented their paper Local Humanitarianism during covid-19 pandemic in Tanzania: observations and lessons from practices given to refugees in camps.