Solidarity in Humanitarian Crises
Date: Tuesday May 17th, 2022
Time: 10:00am –5pm GMT
This hybrid event is free and open to the public. If you are able to, please consider giving a donation to our fundraiser for Asylum Link Merseyside and Black Women 4 Black Lives who are helping Black people flee the invasion in Ukraine (more information below).
On February 24th 2022, the Russian army, sanctioned by Vladimir Putin, invaded Ukraine, causing atrocities, destruction and a humanitarian crisis reaching far beyond Eastern Europe. In the Global North, refugees from Ukraine were met with solidarity and widespread support. But the response to the crisis also exposes the limitations of governments, politicians and policy makers, and the unequal treatments of global refugees forced into mobility by war and poverty.
This public event aims to generate an open dialogue between NGOs, activists, academics and those bearing witness to humanitarian crisis around the globe. It looks at complexities of the politics of humanitarian crises, solidarity and ‘compassion’. How can we account for differing experiences of, and responses to, people’s suffering in war and conflict? How is the mobility of refugees out of war zones unequal and racialised? What can be done to fight border violence, unequal treatment, and to support refugees of war, conflict and poverty globally?
Co-organised by Publics & Practices and the International Criminological Research Unit (ICRU), both research clusters within the Department of Sociology, Social Policy, and Criminology, University of Liverpool, this event is the second in a series of events addressing the recent humanitarian crisis and its consequences. It follows the event “Fighting Disinformation in Ukraine: A multidisciplinary perspective”, which took place on April 8th 2022. With this series of events, we hope to encourage critical awareness of the complexities of, and responses to, war, conflict and humanitarian crisis.