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.


Paper. Global Solidarity. The Ethics, Policies and Practices of INGOs, by Silvia Salvatici, Oxford 14-15 September 2023

New Chapter.

New Chapter. 'Between War and Productivity: Facets of Agricultural Training and Land Restoration in the Villages of Northern Greek Macedonia from the Civil War to the AMAG, 1944-53', by Kalliopi Geronymaki.

Book Chapter.

Book Chapter. 'Transforming Agriculture and Rurality: The Common Agricultural Policy, Actors, National Adaptation and Responses to Policy Challenges', by Kalliopi Geronymaki and Carine Germond Carine.

 New Article.

New Article. 'Missing the Global Turn: Italy, the 1951 Refugee Convention, and the Belated Removal of the Geographical Limitation', by Silvia Salvatici. European History Quarterly


Book. Comparative research on Refugees, Human Rights and Humanitarianism during the decolonization process of Algeria, Angola and Kenya, by Ana Guardião.

ECAS 2023.

ECAS 2023. Alba Martín Luque participates in the round-table Eastern Europe, Soviet Union and African Decolonization: New Perspectives. Cologne, 1 June 2023.

International Workshop.

International Workshop. Mediterranean Solidarity. International Aid Between Southern European Countries (1945-1990). Florence, 30 May 2023.

Book Launch.

Book Launch. Eastern Europe, the Soviet Union and Africa, with the participation of Alba Martín Luque. University of Évora, 17 May 2023. Also on Zoom.

New Chapter.

New Chapter. “We Have Made History”: Yugoslav Visual Solidarity with FRELIMO’s Struggle (1967–1975), by Alba Martín Luque. From the book Eastern Europe, the Soviet Union, and Africa 

International Workshop.

International Workshop. Humanitarianism, human rights and development during global decolonization (1945-1980). Coimbra, 12-13 April 2023


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.

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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