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Writing about Personal Experiences of Humanitarianism
Róisín Read, Tony Redmond, and Gareth Owen

This interview hopes to build on and contribute to research on humanitarian memoirs by talking to two humanitarians who have written memoirs: Professor Tony Redmond OBE and Gareth Owen OBE. Tony Redmond’s book Frontline: Saving Lives in War, Disaster and Disease was published in 2021 by HarperNorth and Gareth Owen’s book When the Music’s Over: Intervention, Aid and Somalia will be published in June 2022 by Repeater Books. The interview was conducted by Róisín Read.

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Jonathan Purkis

(1995), this must preface the whole research process, in the form of an ‘intellectual autobiography’, which documents the personal reasons for the research. As well as collapsing the old dualism of ‘individual’ and ‘society’ (Ribbens, 1993: 88), it also provides the opportunity for new forms of sociological discourse to emerge from personal writing, assuming that it is more comment than catharsis. It also tackles the issue of the hegemony of particular schools or methods within sociological circles which often ‘forbid’ non-scientific ways of representing data (Chaplin

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Janet Wolff

about the author’s life. Some writers, confronting serious illness, have been compelled to write about that. I’ve been very interested in this – not so much the question of why so many women have turned to personal writing, but rather the matter of style. A couple of times, in Rochester and at Columbia University, I taught a graduate seminar on memoir, social history and cultural theory, looking at how life stories are told and how they intersect with broader cultural histories. For me, the best examples of such work – avoiding the kind of self-indulgence that has

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