Humanitarianism and Mediterranean Europe: a Transnational and Comparative History (1945-1990)

This is a five-year ERC Funded Project to investigate the role played by Southern European countries in shaping the contemporary regime of international aid. It examines the humanitarian undertakings of Portugal, Spain, Italy, Yugoslavia, and Greece since the end of the Second World War to the end of the Cold War, looking at the experience of different actors – such as institutions, administrators, experts, non-governmental organisations – in a comparative and transnational perspective.


Workshop. With Stefano Picciaredda, Silvia Salvatici, Annalisa Urbano. Florence, Novoli Campus, 31 March 2022

International Conference.

International Conference. Anticolonial Struggle, Transnational Solidarity and Agency of Individual Actors. Lisbon, 26-27 January 2023.

Call for Papers.

Call for Papers. Mediterranean Solidarity. International Aid Between Southern European Countries (1945-1990). Florence, 30-31 May 2023. Abstracts by March 31.

International Workshop.

International Workshop. Intersecting Colonial and Postcolonial Humanitarian Dynamics (1950-1980). Florence, 1 -2 December 2022.

Conference paper.

Conference paper. Volunteers of Humanitarianism. Italian Lay Missionary Movement in the long 1960s, by Silvia Salvatici. Geneve, Switzerland. 17-18 November, 2022.


Round-table. Alba Martín Luque participates in the Seminar: Fotografia, Cinema: As artes do colonialismo. Funchal, 17 November 2022.


Workshop. HumanEuroMed discusses Night on Earth with Davide Rodogno. Firenze, Novoli Campus Building D5, Room 3.50, 4 - 6.30pm, 9 November 2022.


Workshop. Vaincre grâce au soin? Les services de santé du MPLA et du FNLA dans la guerre de libération de l’Angola (1961-1975). Paper co-authored by Ana Guardião and Marie-Luce Desgrandchamps (Universités de Fribourg et Genève). Fribourg, 1 November 2022.


Lecture. Ripensare la storia dell'umanitarismo internazionale: uno sguardo dal Sud d'Europa. By Silvia Salvatici. Padova, 17 October 2022.

New Article. Open Access.

New Article. Open Access. 'International Law of War, War Crimes in Ethiopia, and Italy's Imperial Misrecollection at the End of Empire, 1946–1950', by Annalisa Urbano. The Historical Journal.    

Conference paper.

Conference paper. Italy’s scholarship programmes for Somali students, 1956-1969’, by Annalisa Urbano at VI ASAI Biennial Conference. Urbino, 30 June 2022.


Lecture. Reframing the history of international humanitarianism: a view from Southern Europe. By Silvia Salvatici. Florence, 23 June 2022.

Keynote speech.

Keynote speech. Umanitarismo, decolonizzazione e mondo postcoloniale, by Silvia Salvatici at International Conference L’Italia e il mondo post-coloniale. Cagliari, 16 June 2022.

European Research Council (ERC)

This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (Grant agreement No. 101019166)”


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