HCRI Research Series: 10 Years of HCRI, Jessica Field
|Dates:||4 December 2018|
|Times:||16:00 - 18:00|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||School of Arts, Languages and Cultures|
|Who is it for:||University staff, Alumni, Current University students, General public|
|Speaker:||Dr Jessica Field|
HCRI celebrates its 10 year anniversary with a rich programme of events. Join us for our research seminar series featuring current and alumni colleagues, and current and alumni postgraduate research students.
Title: Legitimacy as a humanitarian principle? The history and politics of emergency management in India, 1947-present.
In this session Dr Field will trace the history of Indian emergency management from famines in the British Raj, to Partition (1947), natural hazard-related disasters (1950s), and wars (1962 and 1965). She argues that these crises were focusing events for the government that presented both humanitarian and logistical challenges, and also challenges to political legitimacy and authority. In their responses to these crises, the government cemented a crisis governance approach that was to characterise their domestic emergency management and international humanitarianism thereafter.
In the second half of the session, Dr Field will then reflect on the significance of political legitimacy as a humanitarian principle in contemporary Indian emergency management. We will discuss the Indian Government’s recent response to the Rohingya refugee crisis domestically and regionally, and their relationship with non-governmental humanitarian organisations within and outside the country. Through discussion, Dr Field hopes to explore what implications this might have for the future of humanitarianism in the region.
For more information about the Institute, our anniversary, events, and more, visit: https://www.hcri.manchester.ac.uk/about/10-years-hcri/
Dr Jessica Field
Biography: Dr Jessica Field is an MA and PhD alumni of HCRI. Jessica currently works as an Assistant Professor in the Jindal School of International Affairs, O.P. Jindal Global University (India), Honorary Researcher at HCRI, and Associate Researcher at the Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction, UCL. She is an interdisciplinary scholar, and her recent research has looked at past and present humanitarian crises in South Asia, including the Rohingya refugee crisis. Jessica also advises on humanitarian policy and is a member of UNHCR India’s Research and Advocacy in Action Group, and Technical Advisory Group member for the set-up of Save the Children India’s Risk Vulnerability and Resilience Centre of Excellence.
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