Activity: Participating in or organising event(s) › Organising a conference, workshop, exhibition, performance, inquiry, course etc
Our aim is to rethink the history of the long Second World War (1931-1953) from the perspectives of those who delivered and received medical and humanitarian care in various sites across the world. While the Second World War has served as a catalyzer of some significant institutional, scientific and normative innovations (including the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and 1951), issues of medical and humanitarian care are areas of growing significance in studies of the conflict. Yet, until recently, studies of wartime humanitarianism have either tended to focus on ‘top down’ or ‘bottom up’ approaches, specific non-governmental and intergovernmental organizations, such as UNRRA (1943-1947), distinct national contexts or geographical areas. The seminar series will consider a broader range of humanitarian and health structures and explore how humanitarian and medical aid was experienced in wartime every-day life in both ‘traditional’ army medical health services and in ‘irregular’ wars.