Journal of Humanitarian Affairs

The Journal of Humanitarian Affairs is an exciting, new open access journal hosted jointly by The Humanitarian Affairs Team at Save the Children UK, and Centre de Réflexion sur l’Action et les Savoirs Humanitaires MSF (Paris) and the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute at the University of Manchester. It will contribute to current thinking around humanitarian governance, policy and practice with academic rigour and political courage. The journal will challenge contributors and readers to think critically about humanitarian issues that are often approached from reductionist assumptions about what experience and evidence mean. It will cover contemporary, historical, methodological and applied subject matters and will bring together studies, debates and literature reviews. The journal will engage with these through diverse online content, including peer reviewed articles, expert interviews, policy analyses, literature reviews and ‘spotlight’ features.

Our rationale can be summed up as follows: the sector is growing and is facing severe ethical and practical challenges. The Journal of Humanitarian Affairs will provide a space for serious and inter-disciplinary academic and practitioner exchanges on pressing issues of international interest.

The journal aims to be a home and platform for leading thinkers on humanitarian affairs, a place where ideas are floated, controversies are aired and new research is published and scrutinised. Areas in which submissions will be considered include humanitarian financing, migrations and responses, the history of humanitarian aid, failed humanitarian interventions, media representations of humanitarianism, the changing landscape of humanitarianism, the response of states to foreign interventions and critical debates on concepts such as resilience or security.

 

The Journal of Humanitarian Affairs is an exciting, new open access journal hosted jointly by The Humanitarian Affairs Team at Save the Children UK, and Centre de Réflexion sur l’Action et les Savoirs Humanitaires MSF (Paris) and the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute at the University of Manchester. It will contribute to current thinking around humanitarian governance, policy and practice with academic rigour and political courage. The journal will challenge contributors and readers to think critically about humanitarian issues that are often approached from reductionist assumptions about what experience and evidence mean. It will cover contemporary, historical, methodological and applied subject matters and will bring together studies, debates and literature reviews. The journal will engage with these through diverse online content, including peer reviewed articles, expert interviews, policy analyses, literature reviews and ‘spotlight’ features.

Our rationale can be summed up as follows: the sector is growing and is facing severe ethical and practical challenges. The Journal of Humanitarian Affairs will provide a space for serious and inter-disciplinary academic and practitioner exchanges on pressing issues of international interest.

The journal aims to be a home and platform for leading thinkers on humanitarian affairs, a place where ideas are floated, controversies are aired and new research is published and scrutinised. Areas in which submissions will be considered include humanitarian financing, migrations and responses, the history of humanitarian aid, failed humanitarian interventions, media representations of humanitarianism, the changing landscape of humanitarianism, the response of states to foreign interventions and critical debates on concepts such as resilience or security.


Open Access Policy

The Journal of Humanitarian Affairs is a fully Open Access journal. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search or link to the full texts of the articles under a CC-BY-NC-ND licence:

https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/


Ethics

Manchester University Press is committed to upholding high ethical standards across all of its journals and providing guidance in order to meet these standards. See here for a summary of our expectations for authors, reviewers and editors.

Editors

Fernando Espada, Save the Children
Juliano Fiori, Save the Children
Tanja Müller, University of Manchester
Michaël Neuman, MSF
Róisín Read, University of Manchester
Isabelle Schläpfer, University of Manchester
Gemma Sou, University of Manchester
Bertrand Taithe, University of Manchester

Managing Editor

Isabelle Schläpfer
Humanitarian and Conflict Institute, University of Manchester, Manchester, M13 9PL
Email: isabelle.schlapfer@postgrad.manchester.ac.uk

Advisory Board

Sharon Abramowitz, The State University of New Jersey
Heba Aly, The New Humanitarian
Urvashi Aneja, Jindal School of International Affairs
Laëtitia Atlani-Duault, Columbia University
John Borton, HPG Overseas Development Institute
Jeff Crisp, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford and Chatham House
Samir Elhawary, OCHA
Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, University of College London
Dorothea Hilhorst, International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam
Shani Orgad, London School of Economics and Political Science
David Rieff, non-fiction writer and journalist

The Journal of Humanitarian Affairs is a fully Open Access journal. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search or link to the full texts of the articles under a CC-BY-NC-ND licence:

 

Information for authors

The editors encourage the submission of inter-disciplinary papers that challenge and advance the growing area of Humanitarian Affairs. Details of the types of articles, including extent, themes and approach are below. Articles should be prepared according to the journal’s guidelines and authors can review the list of author resources on the right hand side of the author resources area for more information on how to write and prepare their article and other MUP policies.


Call for Papers

We are currently accepting papers of all aspects of humanitarian affairs; and explicitly encourage co-produced submissions from academics and practitioners.

We are planning a special section on gender, sexualities and humanitarian actors. Humanitarian actors have long embraced notions of ‘gender’ and ‘gender mainstreaming’ in their programming and policy priorities, yet, surprisingly little attention has been played to the ways in which the humanitarian sector and humanitarian aid are gendered. Gender is often seen as an operational problem and much of the humanitarian literature which deals with this is, thus, problem-solving in nature. Critical approaches to gender in the humanitarian sector are conspicuously absent, while they figure prominently in related fields such as development and peace and conflict studies. Intersecting gendered and racialized power dynamics haunt the humanitarian sector yet are rarely the explicit focus of research. Yet gender definitions and interactions between humanitarians and their ‘beneficiaries’ are at the intersection between culture, class, nationality and religion.

The gendered concept of ‘care’; militarised and romanticised representations of aid workers; and recent claims about levels of sexual harassment and discrimination in the humanitarian are just some of the topics in this area which warrant more attention and highlight the need for more reflection the gender dynamics of the sector. This special issue wishes to consider all gender concerns challenging our understanding of humanitarian action, and how notions of masculinity and femininity define the boundaries but also drive humanitarian aid.

We invite articles which address these themes, from a range of theoretical and methodological approaches. In particular, we are keen for contributors to reflect on questions such as:

  • How are practices of humanitarianism gendered?

  • How do different bodies experience humanitarian space?

  • What insights/issues are made visible by feminist approaches to humanitarianism?

  • How is humanitarianism implicated in the creation and maintenance gendered power structures?

  • Why has sexuality been overlooked in humanitarian studies?

The estimated time of publication is Winter 2020.

If you are interested to contribute to the special section on gender, sexualities and humanitarian actors; please contact roisin.read@manchester.ac.uk

For any other inquiries or questions regarding your submission or our journal, please contact the managing editor: Isabelle.schlapfer@postgrad.manchester.ch