Ad hoc Recordings
Nov 8, 2019
Create VR environments: A beginners A-Frame workshop
The DigiLab Residency 2019. Create your first virtual reality environment from scratch. The first section will involve some theory, some background and some coding along. The second section will be dedicated to working on a project and asking questions of the facilitators when you need to. You'll be able to continue working on your project after the workshop is finished and you'll be able to view it in VR too.
Oct 30, 2019
HCRI Research Seminar with Sophie Delaunay: Tackling multiple challenges at once: Are we drifting away from our core mission?
Humanitarian organizations operate in complex environments where providing assistance to thousands of people is rarely their sole challenge. A wide range of constraints including insecurity, lack of adapted resources, management of public perception, local administrative requirements and/or hostility towards humanitarian actors may co-exist and frequently combined. These multiple challenges force humanitarians to not only focus on their specific efforts but to invest in many other activities that are not necessarily core to their social mission, but essential to conduct their work. As a result, many organizations are inclined to expand their scope of intervention, and to develop know-hows in various areas from advocating for affordable and adapted medicines, to negotiating access to restricted territory, analyzing and navigating national legal environments or understanding regional political dynamics. This local complexity faced by NGOs has been in recent years amplified by growing public demands for higher standards of financial accountability, environmental preservation, or equity and behavior on the part of humanitarian stakeholders. All these constraints put humanitarian organizations under tremendous pressure and can contribute to uncontrolled growth and sometimes mission creep. This is when comes an additional challenge: not losing direction and finding the right balance between the need to adapt to and address prevailing obstacles, and an organization?s ability to focus on its core mandate. This is the tension that was explored in the group discussion through a series of recent examples.
Oct 15, 2019
HCRI Research Seminar with Professor Madhu Krishnan
This talk explores the ways in which literary activism currently functions in specific sites in sub-Saharan Africa to open spaces for creative responses to conflict and crisis. Literary activism itself encodes a double meaning, both referring to the sheer act of opening spaces for creative production and creativity, on the one hand, and the more targeted use of cultural forms as a means of sociopolitical intervention, on the other. In both cases, literary activism serves to engender new horizons through which publics, commons and networks of practice might be forged, enabling lateral and novel forms of solidarity and collectivity to emerge. In this talk, I focus particularly on the ways in which literary activism has functioned in the context of Cameroon's Anglophone crisis through the case study of the Bakwa collective.
Sep 24, 2019
HCRI Landmark Lecture on Kashmir: causes of crisis and consequences for citizens
India?s federal government recently changed its 70 year policy on Jammu and Kashmir State, stripping the contested territory of much of its autonomy. HCRI organised a panel discussion with three experts, Dr Waseem Yaqoob, Dr Jessica Field and Tahir Aziz who shed light on the causes and consequences of this new development, with Dr Birte Vogel as Chair.
Jun 27, 2019
Guest Lecture: Emergency Ethnography: Anthropology in and of Public Health Crises.
Recent global health and humanitarian crises?the West African Ebola Virus epidemic in particular?have brought new attention to the social life of emergency: how human behaviour influences real-time patterns of disease, conflict and care. This, in turn, brought new calls (and funding) to deploy anthropologists and other social scientists in emergency settings. This talk reviews the recent push to integrate the social sciences into humanitarian operations, highlighting some of the agendas and potential pitfalls. It examines the practice of doing anthropology in emergency?asking how one can make rigorous, effective and ethical social science in active conflict or epidemic settings. The talk will draw on experiences in South Sudan and Syria, with a special focus on the efforts of MSF-UK, who run a dedicated social science unit to support of field operations and research.
May 15, 2019
The Year Abroad: Not Always the Best Year of Your Life... And That's Okay! (15/05)
Moving to another country can be both exciting and challenging in equal measure, and it is common for students to experience feelings of homesickness as well as periods of anxiety and/or depression to varying degrees. Having the right information from the start can make all the difference when it comes to looking after your health and well-being abroad, no matter how long you will be abroad for, nor whether you will be studying, working or engaged in research. This pre-departure session, delivered by the Counselling Service and SALC’s Residence Abroad and Placements Office discusses some of the common challenges associated with the semester/year abroad, discuss where you can go for help and arm you with a range of useful tools to help you make the right start on your journey. Remember, preparation is key!!
Apr 4, 2019
Roundtable: Humanitarianism after liberal order? With introduction by Mark Duffield, to launch the Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
HCRI welcomed guest speaker Professor Mark Duffield to help us launch the Journal of Humanitarianism Affairs. Mark introduced the theme of the first issue, ?post-humanitarianism?, which his article in the issue speaks to. After the introduction, there was a roundtable discussion on this theme, with contributor to the issue, Caroline Abu-Sada (SOS M�iterran� Switzerland), and representatives from the journal?s editorial team: Juliano Friori (Save the Children UK), Micha� Neumann (MSF) and R�s� Read (HCRI). The journal is an exciting new open access journal hosted jointly by The Humanitarian Affairs Team at Save the Children UK, and Centre de R�lexion sur l?Action et les Savoirs Humanitaires MSF (Paris) and the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute at the University of Manchester.
Mar 12, 2019
HCRI Research Seminar
HCRI celebrates its 10 year anniversary with a rich programme of events. Join us for our research seminar series featuring current and alumni colleagues, and current and alumni postgraduate research students. > Speaker 1: Dr Sophie Roborgh > Seminar title: Medical Muhajireen - Health workers under Daesh > Seminar abstract - In a time of fierce public debate on the return of British nationals who joined IS (muhajireen), one group has largely escaped attention: medics who joined IS. Can one argue to have been a humanitarian, as some have maintained, whilst serving in IS? highly politicised healthcare system and under an administration that flaunted its human rights abuses? Studying these medical muhajireen offers a provocative window into questions of mobilisation, identity, politics, and medical humanitarianism. > Speaker 2: Dr Nat O'Grady > Seminar title: Emergency Infrastructures, Automation and Public/Private Security Hybrids > Seminar abstract - Transformations to urban infrastructure facilitated through devices and processes associated with so-called ?Big Data? raise new lines of inquiry for how we might conceptualise and critique the enrolment of data-based technologies within security practices. The paper engages with and extends these debates by reflecting upon the ongoing processes underpinning the development of New York?s burgeoning ?free? wifi infrastructure, called LinkNYC, and its deployment as an emergency warning device for the public. I outline specifically the agreements brokered between an assemblage of public and private organisations to legally enshrine the implementation of this infrastructure whilst also providing insight into the technical processes through which emergency warning is itself brought into effect. The case of LinkNYC, I argue, offers fresh trajectories for understanding the redistribution of authority and responsibility where new infrastructure associated with Big Data intersect with security. Owing to the wide array of organisations coordinating its enactment, I suggest that this infrastructure serves additional, somewhat surreptitious, ends and interests when warning the public of potential emergencies. Additionally, I contest that an imaginary of expertise has developed around the technical processes that facilitate emergency warning that plays a crucial role in re-shaping the power relations inscribed within this new security infrastructure. Lastly, I consider how the proliferation of these infrastructures, along with the governing arrangements that condition them, instantiate new forms of what, after Bonnie Honig, we might called ?discretionary? decision making that operates beyond legal parameters.
Feb 20, 2019
Yemen: Response and Representation of a War
During the 4 years since the launch of the Saudi-led coalition offensive in Yemen in March 2015, humanitarians and observers from the media have repeatedly used phrases worded to garner media attention - ?Worst humanitarian crisis since WII?, ?the worst cholera outbreak in history?, ?On the verge of famine? - to describe what all agree are tragic consequences of the war for the population of the country?. However, the last six months have seen an acceleration of these apocalyptic descriptions, and the multiplication of alerts of all kinds. NGO spokespersons, UN officials ? and many journalists who followed suit ? quasi unanimously claimed that ?this time really, millions of people were going to die of starvation?. However, these discourses were disputed by a minority. MSF for instance stated via an interview of its program manager on 24 October 2018 that ?there is was no quality data available to declare that a famine was imminent?, further stating that the organizations? teams were not the witnesses of such a scenario. Yet, a month later, a press release by Save the children claimed that ?as many as 85,000 children have starved to death in Yemen ? What then was at play? Who produces and analyses the data? What do we really know of the state of the country and the toll on war on the country and its population? Through the podcast, you will hear The Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute along with representatives from MSF and Save the Children UK try to understand the basis for the depiction and qualification of the situation by humanitarian NGOs and explore how this has impacted international responses.
Nov 15, 2018
NW Regional Group of the Geological Society of London Lecture Series - 15th November 2018
Chris Martin, Working Party Chair, provides an overview of the recently published Engineering Geology Special Publication No. 28. This is an essential reference text for practitioners, students and academics working in these challenging ground conditions. The narrative style, and a comprehensive glossary and photo-catalogue of active and relict sediments, structures and landforms make this material relevant and accessible to a wide readership.
Oct 17, 2018
Teaching Assistant training in SEED 17.10 (Breakout Rooms)
This session provides a general overview of what to expect as a TA, especially for first-timers. The session reflects on a personal TA experience and covers issues of management, technique, and skill. Questions include: How do you know how much involved in the course you can be? How to coordinate your TA schedule and tasks with the course leader? How to combine your TA teaching load and your PhD research schedule? How to mark efficiently and effectively?
Sep 19, 2018
Year 2 Welcome Event - Morning Talks
This podcast contains all of the presentations that were recorded for the morning welcome session. This includes details about changes to the programme; the academic year ahead; student support and student experience contacts; psychology career planning; and details of many of the opportunities available to you as a second year (e.g. study abroad; placement year; UCIL; volunteering; and social responsibility activities)
Dec 12, 2017
LuCiD Seminar: Socioeconomic disparities in early language development
In this seminar podcast, Prof Meredith Rowe (Harvard Graduate School of Education) describe current knowledge of socioeconomic disparities in early language development and highlights key predictors and consequences of these disparities. She also presents data from two small-scale intervention studies that target specific features of parent-child communication to promote children?s early language learning. The accompanying slides for the talk can be found on the LuCiD website: http://www.lucid.ac.uk/media/1943/rowe-lucid-talk-dec-2017-compressed.pdf
Jun 20, 2017
FBMH PSS Development Network - P&DR Reviewee Training
Discover more about the value of Performance and Development Reviews (P&DRs), the changes that have been made to the P&DR form, and what happens after the P&DR meeting. We will also discuss the value of preparation and help you gain the most from the P&DR process, this includes: - Recognising your achievements and conveying them effectively - The value of feedback on your performance from your colleagues - Learning from tasks and experiences that have and haven’t gone well - Identifying future objectives and ensuring they are SMART (specific, measurable, agreed, realistic and time-bound) - How to identify your training and development needs