Le souci de l’autre : soin et intimité en guerre irrégulière 

Journée d'étude organisée à l'université de Fribourg par notre projet en collaboration avec le projet 'La Croix face à l’Étoile rouge : humanitaire et communisme au 20esiècle' financé par le Fond National Suisse (FNS) (more information available here) L’histoire du soin en périodes de conflits est enrichie par de nombreux travaux récents qui commencent à prendre …

Reinventing Forensic Investigations? ‘Humanitarian’ Medicine and the Corpses of Mass violence On 31 May, we held a session on forensic medicine and the genealogy of exhumations. Chaired by Antoine Burgard (HCRI, University of Manchester), this session brought three great panellists together to think about the development of forensic techniques and knowledge during the ‘long’ Second …

Medical Utopia, Power and Violence in the French Empire

On 24 May, we hosted a session on the theme of colonial medicine, chaired by Martin Thomas (University of Exeter). The session brought together Delphine Peiretti-Courtis, who recently published Corps Noirs et Médecins blancs. La fabrique du préjugé racial XIXe-XXe siècles (Paris : La Découverte, 2021)and Guillaume Lachenal, author of The Doctor Who Would Be …

Hegemonic Humanitarian Aid? Rethinking American Humanitarianism

Our fourth session focused on American power, resistance to and ‘renegotiation’ of this power. As Andrew Buchanan recently argues in ‘Globalizing the Second World War’ (article available here), the single most significant outcome of the ‘long’ Second World War (1931-1953) was the ‘the volcanic eruption of the American nation state and the consolidation of its …

Humanitarian Intimacies: Gender, Care and Humanitarianism

Recent histories have been increasingly interested in the ways in which humanitarian practices, discourses, norms and emotions have been shaped by gendered constructions and hierarchies. The aim of our third session was to take stock of some of these recent historiographical contributions and discuss, through for stimulating papers, how key concepts, such as ‘care’, ‘intimacy’ …

Conference Summary : Rethinking the History of Violence, Health and Care in Wartime

In May 2021, we commemorated the 5th anniversary of the adoption of the Resolution 2286 by the UN Security Council on the Protection of civilians in armed conflict. It is thus a particularly apposite time to reflect on how historians have approached the issues of violence, health and care in wartime and how historical approaches might …

Gender, Sources and Silences in the History of the French Resistance

Raphaële Balu and Laure Humbert are working with Géraud Letang (Service Historique de la Défense, Paris) on their papers for the annual conference of the Society for the Study of French History. The aim of this collaborative panel is to place some of the early findings of our research project within the historiography of the …

Online Workshop – Rethinking the history of Violence, Health and Care in Wartime, c. 1860-2000s.

Understandings of the impacts of attacks on healthcare have changed significantly within the last ten years. Amid an ongoing cycle of commemorative events for the adoption of the Resolution 2286 by the UN Security Council on the Protection of civilians in armed conflict, academic and public interest in the impact of attacks on healthcare is …

La maison ‘Spears’: quand l’hôpital trouble le genre

Laure Humbert travaille actuellement sur une communication qu’elle présentera au prochain colloque organisé par la Fondation de la France libre. L’appel à communication est disponible ici. Fig. 1. Amicale des anciens de la Première Division française libre Annuaire de la Première division française libre et ses unités dans la guerre 1939-1945 (Paris : Imprimerie N. Fortin et ses fils, …