On 25 September 1911 the battleship Liberté exploded in Toulon harbour. This tragedy is just one of the many disasters that the French fleet suffered at the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth centuries and also represents the peak of these calamities, since it is undoubtedly the most deadly suffered by a French Navy ship in peacetime. The aim of this article is to study how the navy managed this disaster and the resulting deaths of service personnel, which were all the more traumatic because the incident happened in France’s main military port and in circumstances that do not match the traditional forms of death at sea.

Human Remains and Violence: An Interdisciplinary Journal

Human Remains and Violence: An Interdisciplinary Journal is a biannual, peer-reviewed publication which draws together the different strands of academic research on the dead body and the production of human remains en masse, whether in the context of mass violence, genocidal occurrences or environmental disasters. Inherently interdisciplinary, the journal publishes papers from a range of academic disciplines within the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Human Remains and Violence invites contributions from scholars working in a variety of fields and interdisciplinary research is especially welcome.

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Governing Precarity through Adaptive Design

safe, logoed, glitzy and smart. Besides establishment acceptance, humanitarian innovation draws positivity from its disavowal of past failures and commitment to a future of ‘failing-forward in a spirit of honesty’ ( HPG, 2018 : 132). Transparency regarding current systemic ‘pathologies’ like institutionalising self-interest or neglecting the agency of the disaster-affected ( ibid .: 22–3) is part of the self-cleansing necessary to birth a humanitarianism 2.0. This paper, however, questions whether humanitarian innovation can be any more effective

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disinformation. But they have not yet closely examined their impact in humanitarian crises. This is a remarkable oversight. In humanitarian crises, false information can have life-and-death consequences. As Jeanne Bourgault, President and Chief Executive Officer of Internews, states, false information can ‘undercut efforts to improve health, make disasters worse than they already are, alienate vulnerable populations, and even incite violence’ (quoted in Igoe, 2017 ). This article introduces the emerging research about online disinformation and the many forms it

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Humanitarianism in a Post-Liberal World Order

looming environmental disasters. Domestically, the liberal social contract is coming apart in many Western states as the coalition of those who have not benefited from the decades of wealth accumulation after 1979 turns to populist politicians and looks for scapegoats, with experts, immigrants and Muslims seen as prime targets. The commitment to liberal institutions that create limits to the scope of political competition – rights, the rule of law, freedom of the press – and to the basic level of respect due to all persons, be they citizens or refugees

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Staff Security and Civilian Protection in the Humanitarian Sector

, L. ( 2014 ), Aid in Danger: The Perils and Promise of Humanitarianism . Philadelphia, PA : University of Pennsylvania Press . Fast , L. ( 2015 ), ‘ Unpacking the Principle of Humanity: Tensions and Implications ’, International Review of the Red Cross , 97 : 897–8 , 111 – 31 . doi: 10.1017/S1816383115000545 . Fast , L. , Freeman , C. F. , O’Neill , M. and Rowley , E. ( 2013 ), ‘ In Acceptance We Trust? Conceptualising Acceptance as a Viable Approach to NGO Security Management ’, Disasters , 37 : 2 , 222 – 43 . Ferris , E. ( 2011 ), The

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A Model for Historical Reflection in the Humanitarian Sector

Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development , 9 : 1 , 1 – 18 , doi: 10.1353/hum.2018.0000 . Korff , V. P. , Balbo , N. , Mills , M. , Heyse , L. and Wittek , R. ( 2015 ), ‘ The Impact of Humanitarian Context Conditions and Individual Characteristics on Aid Worker Retention ’, Disasters , 39 : 3 , 522 – 45 , doi: 10.1111/disa.12119 . Lewis , D. ( 2009 ), ‘ International Development and the “Perpetual Present”: Anthropological Approaches to the Re-historicisation of Policy ’, European Journal of Development Research , 21 : 1 , 32 – 46 , doi: 10

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Uses and Misuses of International Humanitarian Law and Humanitarian Principles

, armed conflict, or natural disasters) and others. Is it more impartial, in an armed conflict, to operate on the war-wounded than to offer dialysis to people in renal failure who cannot get it due to the circumstances? To provide care in an abandoned psychiatric hospital rather than clean drinking water to a neighbourhood? To take an interest in people wounded in war and turn our backs on those injured in another way? To care for children rather than old people? Acting means choosing, and choosing means excluding. One need only observe the very different choices made

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From the Global to the Local

UNRWA ’, in Babille , M. et al. (eds), Finding Means: UNRWA’s Financial Crisis and Refugee Living Conditions ( Oslo : FAFO ), pp. 157 – 78 . Charles , L. ( 2017 ), Lebanon Livelihoods: Economic Opportunities and Challenges for Palestinians and Lebanese in the Shadow of the Syrian Crisis ( Sankt Augustin : Konrad Adenauer Stiftung ). Dumper , M. ( 2018 ), ‘ Trump’s Cut to Funding for Palestinian Refugees Could Lead to Disaster ’, Guardian , 12 01 , www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018

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Television and the politics of British humanitarianism

The mass media is a critical actor in the global humanitarian system. New communication technologies have publicised and drawn attention to disasters and faraway suffering, collapsing the distance between global North and South, mobilising public empathy and accelerating the growth of international NGOs. 1 The linkages between humanitarianism and the media have been analysed from a range of

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