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The Drowned, the Saved and the Forgotten: Genocide and the Foundations of Modern Humanitarianism

Professor Keith Watenpaugh (Professor of Human Rights Studies at the University of California, Davis)

Organised jointly by Department of History, University of Glasgow, and GRAMNet

Monday 8th May 2017, 4:00pm – 5:15pm (4:00pm arrival, coffee and cakes, talk starts 4:15pm)

Yudowitz Lecture Theatre, Wolfson Medical Building, University of Glasgow

Genocide is unparalleled in its horror. It is the ultimate crime against humanity, but it is also a problem of humanity that evokes a problem for humanity. In this talk, drawn from his award-winning book, Bread from Stones: The Middle East and the Making of Modern Humanitarianism (2015) Keith David Watenpaugh examines the particular questions that arise when the problem of humanity motivating a problem for humanity is the crime of genocide. Examining the international humanitarian response to the genocide of the Ottoman Armenians (1915-1922), he argues that modern humanitarianism and genocide have a complex and intertwined history that has shaped the critical modern concepts of humanitarian neutrality, humanitarian governance and the role of justice in relief, and Human Rights-based development.


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Professor Keith David Watenpaugh studies the history, theory and practice of human rights and humanitarianism and directs the University of California Davis Human Rights Studies Program. Author of the award-winning Bread from Stones: The Middle East and the Making of Modern Humanitarianism (University of California Press, 2015) and Being Modern in the Middle East (Princeton University Press, 2006), his articles appear in the American Historical Review, Perspectives on History, Social History, Journal of Human Rights, Humanity, International Journal of Middle East Studies, Chronicle of Higher Education and the Huffington Post. Recipient of fellowships from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies and the Social Science Research Council, he is immediate past-president of the Syrian Studies Association. Since 2013, he has directed a global project supported by the Carnegie Corporation and the Open Society Foundations to address the higher education needs of Syrian refugee university students.

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