This collection interrogates the representation of humanitarian crisis and catastrophe, and the refraction of humanitarian intervention and action, from the mid-twentieth century to the present, across a diverse range of media forms: traditional and contemporary screen media (film, television and online video) as well as newspapers, memoirs, music festivals and social media platforms (such as Facebook, YouTube and Flickr). The book thus explores the historical, cultural and political contexts that have shaped the mediation of humanitarian relationships since the middle of the twentieth century. Together, the chapters illustrate the continuities and connections, as well as the differences, which have characterised the mediatisation of both states of emergency and acts of amelioration. The authors reveal and explore the significant synergies between the humanitarian enterprise, the endeavour to alleviate the suffering of particular groups, and media representations, and their modes of addressing and appealing to specific publics. The chapters consider the ways in which media texts, technologies and practices reflect and shape the shifting moral, political, ethical, rhetorical, ideological and material dimensions of international humanitarian emergency and intervention, and have become integral to the changing relationships between organisations, institutions, governments, individual actors and entire sectors.
Thomas J. Butko is a sessional instructor at the University of Alberta. His dissertation, focused on Islamic fundamentalism in Palestine, was titled ‘Revelation or Revolution: A Gramscian Approach to the Rise of Political Islam in Palestine’. His areas of interest include Islamic fundamentalism, the Israeli–Palestinian conflict and Middle East politics.
Jonathan B. Isacoff is Visiting Assistant Professor at St. Joseph’s University. He teaches and conducts research on international security, historiography, the Arab–Israeli conflict, and the global environment. He is currently working on a book project examining historical interpretation and international relations theory.
Tami Amanda Jacoby is a research fellow at the Centre for Defence and Security Studies and assistant professor in the Department of Political Studies at the University of Manitoba. She has published articles on the Arab–Israeli conflict, women’s movements in the Middle East, ethnic civil conflict, and Canadian foreign policy. A forthcoming book deals with women’s organizing in zones of conflict.
Lenore G. Martin is professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at Emmanuel College and Associate at the Weatherhead Centre for International Affairs at Harvard University where she co-chairs the Middle East Seminar. She is the author of The Unstable Gulf: Threats from Within (Lexington Books, 1984) and the editor of New Frontiers in Middle East Security (Palgrave, 2001). Her forthcoming co-edited book, The Future of Turkish Foreign Policy, is being published by MIT Press.
Brent E. Sasley is a doctoral candidate in political science at McGill University. His research includes Middle East security issues, Caspian Sea energy politics and international politics and security.
Jeffrey Sosland has taught at Georgetown University, George Washington University and the University of Missouri. He was also a research and postdoctoral Fellow of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Bassam Tibi is professor of international relations at Georgia–Augusta University in Göttingen, Germany. His recent books include Challenge of Fundamentalism (University of California Press, 1998) and Islam Between Culture and Politics (Palgrave and St. Martin’s Press, 2001).