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HumanEuroMed
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.



Presentation.

Presentation. Humanitarianism, the Yugoslav Way. Domestic Conceptualizations, Regional Solidarities, Global Ties, by Francesca Rolandi. Konstanz, 20 June 2024.

Conference.

Conference. Socialist Humanitarianism in the Long Twentieth Century. Francesca Rolandi and Dora Tot present papers on the Yugoslav Humanitarian Aid Policy and International Solidarity. Manchester, 11 - 12 June 2024.

Talk.

Talk. L'umanitarismo e le guerre, by Silvia Salvatici, festival Echi di storia, Lugano, 6 June 2024

Workshop.

Workshop. Debating Humanitarianism: New Approaches and Methodologies. Florence, 28-29 May 2024.

Keynote.

Keynote. The history of humanitarianisms: New geographies, approaches and actors, by Silvia Salvatici. Venice 23-24 May 2024

Conference Paper.

Conference Paper. A 'model' to save the Biafran children? Imperial and religious cooperation and the other pictures of the Nigeria-Biafran war (1968-1969), by Ana Guardião. Palermo, 22 May 2024.

Presentation.

Presentation. Refugees, Migrants, or Citizens? The Categorisation, Aid and “Integration” Policies shaping  “Post-Colonial” Portugal, by Ana Guardião. Geneva, 6 May 2024.

Presentation.

Presentation. Refugees, Migrants, Citizens? Considering Populations Categorization after the End of the Portuguese Empire, by Ana Guardião. Gothenburg, 2-3 May 2024.

Presentation.

Presentation. Ideological commitment, pragmatism, discretion: Socialist Yugoslavia and refugees against the backdrop of geopolitical and domestic developments, by Francesca Rolandi. Ljubljana , 19 April 2024

Conference Paper.

Conference Paper. Refuge within contexted (post)imperial spaces: Refugee movements from the Kenyan, Algerian and Angolan independence wars (1951-1961), by Ana Guardião. Prague, 11-12 April 2024.

Call for Papers.

Call for Papers. Humanitarianism and Southern Europe: New Perspectives in (Re)Thinking the Transitions to Democracy, Deadline for abstracts: 15 May 2024.

Conference Paper.

Conference Paper. A ‘Healthy’ Gateway to Global Markets: Yugoslav Medical Aid as a Commercialization Strategy in the Third World (1960s–1980s), by Dora Tot. Bucharest, 21 March 2024.

Presentation.

Presentation. 'Donor Country? The Postwar Presence of Greece in International Humanitarian Action and Diplomacy (1950-1976)', by Kalliopi Geronymaki. Athens, 20 March 2024.

Workshop.

Workshop. Italy and International Aid. Andrea Stocchiero and Silvia Salvatici, University of Florence, 15 March 2024. 11 am - 13 am.

Call for Abstracts.

Call for Abstracts. “Dealing in Solidarity” Liberation Movements’ Perspectives on International Aid, Annual Conference of the African Studies Association (UK), Oxford. Deadline: 29 March 2024

Presentation.

Presentation. Refugees from Albania and Yugoslavia’s ambivalent refugee policies: A mirror for wider societal developments?, by Francesca Rolandi. Graz, 9 February 2024.

Conference Paper.

Conference Paper. Branding the Non-Aligned Expert: Socialist Yugoslavia's Citizen Diplomacy in the Global South, By Dora Tot. Philadelphia, 2 December 2023.

Talk.

Talk. From recipients to donors? Southern European states and international aid, by Silvia Salvatici. Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, Manchester, 7 December 2023.

New Article (Open Access).

New Article (Open Access). 'The Tana-Beles Project in Ethiopia and the Making of Postcolonial Humanitarianism, 1938–1994', by Silvia Salvatici. The Historical Journal.

Conference Paper.

Conference Paper. Gli aiuti internazionali spagnoli al Cile di Pinochet, by Grazia Sciacchitano. Trondheim, 27 October 2023.

New Article (Open Access).

New Article (Open Access). "Researching post-independence Africa in regional archives", by Alexander Keese and Annalisa Urbano. Africa: Journal of the International African Institute.

Conference Paper.

Conference Paper. Geographies of Orthodox missionary humanitarian aid in Africa. The presence of the Churches of Greece and Cyprus (1950-1989), by Kalliopi Geronymaki. Athens 30-31 October 2023.

Conference Paper.

Conference Paper. Yugoslavia's 'Battle for Algiers': Intra-Socialist Competition in Colonial and Post-Colonial Algeria (1958-1965), by Dora Tot. Pisa 25-27 October 2023.

Talk.

Talk. Aiuti internazionali e passato coloniale, by Silvia Salvatici. Festival Dialoghi di Pandora Rivista Quale sviluppo? Scegliere l'orizzonte, October 11, 5 pm, Sala Stabat Mater Biblioteca dell’Archiginnasio in cooperation with Fondazione Gramsci Emilia-Romagna

Workshop.

Workshop. The Past, Present, and Future of International Institutions?, organised by the UNDP Human Development Report Office, The Nuffield “Long Humanitarian Century” programme, and the Oxford Martin Programme on “Changing Global Orders", New York 17-18 October, participation of Silvia Salvatici

Conference Paper.

Conference 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.

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.

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.

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

Workshop.

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

Workshop.

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.

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.

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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