Afterlives of Empire: Thinking Forward Through an Imperial Past

Lead Research Organisation: University of Exeter
Department Name: History

Abstract

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Description This ongoing research is providing a critical historical perspective on the history of humanitarian aid, development aid and human rights that is proving to be of strong interest to several international aid agencies, especially the International Committee of the Red Cross. More information will be uploaded with regard to key findings as the project progresses.
Exploitation Route I will be publishing a major new book on the history of the international humanitarian system during and after decolonisation with Oxford University Press. Before then, I will publish several articles on aspects of the relationship between humanitarianism, human rights and decolonisation.
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy,Education,Government, Democracy and Justice,Other

 
Description By the International Committee of the Red Cross, the British Red Cross Society, and the Kenya Red Cross Society.
First Year Of Impact 2015
Sector Other
Impact Types Policy & public services

 
Description DFID talk: History and the Ebola Crisis of 2014-2015
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Evidence to the Windrush Lessons Learned Committee
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description NGOs in Turbulent Times
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description The International Center for Humanitarian Affairs Board membership. Asked to provide historical expertise for ICHA/Kenya Red Cross board.
Geographic Reach Africa 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description GHRA 
Organisation Leibniz Association
Department Leibniz Institute of European History
Country Germany 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Intellectual and organisational contributions to creating and leading the Global Humanitarianism Research Academy for early career researchers, an annual 2-week programme run jointly with University of Exeter, IEG Mainz and the International Committee of the Red Cross. The Academy is run alternatingly in Mainz and in Exeter.
Collaborator Contribution Intellectual and organisational contributions to creating and leading the Global Humanitarianism Research Academy for early career researchers.
Impact The main outcome is the Academy itself, which has so far trained 21 fellows in its 2 years of running.
Start Year 2015
 
Description ICRC partnership 
Organisation International Committee of the Red Cross
Country Switzerland 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Provided academic knowledge on history of humanitarianism, and historical background of current humanitarian challenges. Also connected humanitarian practitioners with networking contacts from British universities and NGOs. Created and organised two high-level conferences on history and humanitarianism - one concerning the Fundamental Principles of the ICRC, and one examining key questions around forced displacement and how lessons from the past can help find solutions to the present crisis.
Collaborator Contribution Brought top experts in international development and humanitarian practitioners in discussion with academics on vital contemporary humanitarian topics. Provided support in-kind for the two conferences, including the Geneva 'Humanitriaum' venue at the ICRC's international headquarters for the first conference. ICRC also provide training for and access to the ICRC Archives in Geneva for fellows on the Global Humanitarianism Research Academy.
Impact Each conference has resulted in a conference report which has been circulated to humanitarian organisations, policymakers, and academics. Disciplines involved include history, law, development studies.
Start Year 2013
 
Description Labex Pasts in the Present programme 
Organisation Paris West University Nanterre La Défense
Department LABEX Pasts in the Present
Country France 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Development of a network of researchers based in UK and France studying history, heritage, and memory. Arranging meeting and workshops for researchers, alternately in the UK and France. Promoting international exchange and collaboration around these topics in UK and France, and beyond. Developing and funding a joint funding call between AHRC and Labex. Invited Early Career Researchers to join the Steering Group for the Care for the Future ECR Conference in Dec 2016, which provided development and networking opportunities for ECRs in the Care for the Future and Labex Pasts in the Present programmes. Contributing to AHRC and Labex strategies of international collaboration, providing a 'structural partnership' for such as mentioned on theLabex website: http://passes-present.eu/en/labex/presentation mentions the structuring partnership for
Collaborator Contribution Development of a network of researchers based in UK and France studying history, heritage, and memory. Arranging meeting and workshops for researchers, alternately in the UK and France. Promoting international exchange and collaboration around these topics in UK and France, and beyond. Developing and funding a joint funding call.
Impact Outcomes of the partnership so far have been the awards of 8 jointly-funded projects with Co-Is from the UK and France, with funding contributions from AHRC and the Labex Pasts in the Present programme.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Politics, Humanitarianism, and Children's Rights: Save the Children Centenary Conference 
Organisation London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Professor Andrew Thompson sits on the Advisory Committee for the organisation of this centenary conference and has done so since May 2018. He will present a paper during the conference on 'Decolonisation and Development' on Monday 8th April 2019.
Collaborator Contribution Partners have collaborated to craft an extensive 2 day conference connecting academics, policy makers, past and present Save the Children employees, and'witnesses' who have first-hand experience of engagement with the agency 'on the ground'.
Impact This conference is scheduled to take place on the 8th and 9th April 2019. An intended outcome is to contribute to current debates on the future of humanitarian aid, and to contribute to the strategic discussions of Save the Children and other humanitarian agencies.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Politics, Humanitarianism, and Children's Rights: Save the Children Centenary Conference 
Organisation Save the Children
Department Humanitarian Affairs Team
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Professor Andrew Thompson sits on the Advisory Committee for the organisation of this centenary conference and has done so since May 2018. He will present a paper during the conference on 'Decolonisation and Development' on Monday 8th April 2019.
Collaborator Contribution Partners have collaborated to craft an extensive 2 day conference connecting academics, policy makers, past and present Save the Children employees, and'witnesses' who have first-hand experience of engagement with the agency 'on the ground'.
Impact This conference is scheduled to take place on the 8th and 9th April 2019. An intended outcome is to contribute to current debates on the future of humanitarian aid, and to contribute to the strategic discussions of Save the Children and other humanitarian agencies.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Politics, Humanitarianism, and Children's Rights: Save the Children Centenary Conference 
Organisation University of Sheffield
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Professor Andrew Thompson sits on the Advisory Committee for the organisation of this centenary conference and has done so since May 2018. He will present a paper during the conference on 'Decolonisation and Development' on Monday 8th April 2019.
Collaborator Contribution Partners have collaborated to craft an extensive 2 day conference connecting academics, policy makers, past and present Save the Children employees, and'witnesses' who have first-hand experience of engagement with the agency 'on the ground'.
Impact This conference is scheduled to take place on the 8th and 9th April 2019. An intended outcome is to contribute to current debates on the future of humanitarian aid, and to contribute to the strategic discussions of Save the Children and other humanitarian agencies.
Start Year 2018
 
Description British Embassy in US seminar; Forced to Flee conference with ICRC/BRC/SOAS (academic, humanitarian, and policy audiences); ECR Conference (ECR audience, partner organisations); Lecture at Sorbonne Paris on Humanitarianism, Human Rights and Decolonisation; Global Humanitarianism Research Academy (International PhD students and early career researchers); Cambridge Global History Seminar; Manchester History Dept - on History curriculum, colonial past, and challenges of inclusion and diversity in 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The 2-day 'Forced to Flee' conference and public panel event, co-organised by AHRC Care for the Future, ICRC, the British Red Cross, the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and the University of Exeter, brought together a number of experts, many of them working on the frontlines of the migration crisis. The public panel event was open to the public, and over 200 attendees were registered. the audience included policymakers, humanitarian practitioners, students, academics, and members of the public. The event was recorded and the video has been viewed over 2,000 times by people worldwide. Participants in the event have reported research collaborations and meetings with governmental departments. A report was written following the conference and is being circulated to relevant parties.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016,2017,2018
URL https://www.icrc.org/en/international-review/article/forced-flee-multi-disciplinary-conference-inter...
 
Description ECR Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The Care for the Future ECR Conference was organised to give 80 Early Career Researchers across the UK and in Europe the opportunity to showcase their research and network with other ECRs and several major heritage-based partner organisations in the UK.

Researchers have so far reported collaborations with National Trust, British Film Institute, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, three of the organisations in attendance.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Humanitarian Photojournalism: A History of the Present 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Invited to contribute to a workshop at Princeton University (October 2018) on Humanitarian Photojournalism. The purpose of the workshop was to address questions such as 'what were the connections between the rising importance of photo-reportage and the rise of global humanitarianism?'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.princeton.edu/events/2018/workshop-humanitiarian-photojournalism-history-present
 
Description What Happened to Humanitarianism During Decolonization? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A public lecture presented at the National Chuchill Library Centre, The George Washington University, USA. Presentation of this lecture furthered an international partnership with the GW History Department.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://calendar.gwu.edu/what-happened-humanitarianism-during-decolonization