Planned Obsolescence of Medical Humanitarian Missions: An Interview with
Tony Redmond, Professor and Practitioner of International Emergency Medicine and
Co-founder of HCRI and UK-Med
experience, and in many ways it
is no more than that, because the people have skills; it is more a question of
resources and finance, to support them in being able to respond to these things
themselves. In Uganda, for example, they now have huge experience with managing Ebola. In my
professional lifetime, I have seen the capacity of disaster-prone countries increase
enormously. The need, certainly around earthquakes and trauma responses, for teams
from Western Europe to go to
This essay proposes that we turn to James Baldwin’s work to assess the cost of, and think alternatives to, the cultures of traumatization whose proliferation one witnesses in contemporary U.S. academia. Beginning with some recent examples, the essay briefly places these cultures into a genealogy of onto-ethics whose contemporary forms arose with the reconfiguration of diasporic histories in the idioms of psychoanalysis and deconstructive philosophy in 1990s trauma theory. Baldwin speaks to the contemporary moment as he considers the outcome of trauma’s perpetuation in an autobiographical scene from “Notes of a Native Son.” In this scene—which restages Bigger Thomas’s murderous compulsion in Native Son—he warns us against embracing one’s traumatization as a mode of negotiating the world. In foregoing what Sarah Schulman has recently called the “duty of repair,” such traumatized engagement prevents all search for the kind of “commonness” whose early articulation can be found in Aristotle’s query after “the common good” (to koinon agathon). With Baldwin, the present essay suggests the urgency of returning to the question of “the common good”: while mindful of past critiques, which have observed in this concept’s deployment a sleight-of-hand by which hegemonic positions universalize their interests, we should work to actualize the unfinished potential of Aristotle’s idea. Baldwin’s work on diasporic modernity provides an indispensable archive for this effort.
Emergency Medicine and founder of UK-Med, an NGO that
provides international emergency humanitarian medical assistance and which hosts the UK
International Emergency Trauma Register (UKIETR) and UK International Emergency Medical
Register (UKIEMR). He questions the usefulness of seeking innovation in medical
humanitarianism but advocates to aim for the same duty of care that one would offer in
one’s everyday practice at home. In this, Tony is also critical of the term
‘humanitarian space’, as it by
Four Decisive Challenges Confronting Humanitarian Innovation
Gerard Finnigan and Otto Farkas
example, the American Red Cross established fire-detection sensors in informal
settlements in Nairobi ( American Red Cross,
2016 ) and Digital Democracy
(2014) partnered with the Indigenous Wapichana people of Guyana to build
and operate drones to monitor environmental degradation. UNICEF designed and
delivered a crisis-response trauma programme to train Rwandese ‘trauma
advisors’, ‘who in turn trained 6193 social agents who provided
procedures (night raids) that raises questions about
potentially repressive aspects of contemporary humanitarian use of wearables. According to UNHCR, wristbands identify each individual claiming to be a refugee,
limit the recycling of the refugee population, serve as distribution
‘cards’ and give everyone better access to food and other assistance.
They are, then, a tool for protecting the most vulnerable ( UNHCR, n.d.a ). Wristbands are considered to be a
comparatively low-tech, low-cost, low-trauma
Staff Security and Civilian Protection in the Humanitarian
violence, especially to victims of sexual violence, and international
humanitarian agencies are criticised for not providing the same kind of support
to staff members who have suffered violence or trauma in the course of their
work ( Hughes, 2015 ). This is not to
suggest these agencies are providing more care to victims of violence within the
wider population than they do to their own staff – indeed, such care is
probably insufficient across the board
The 1990s witnessed an explosion in women's writing in France, with a particularly exciting new generation of writer's coming to the fore, such as Christine Angot, Marie Darrieussecq and Regine Detambel. This book introduces an analysis of new women's writing in contemporary France, including both new writers of the 1990s and their more established counter-parts. The 1990s was an exciting period for women's writing in France. The novels of Louise Lambrichs are brilliant but troubling psychological dramas focusing on the traumas that inhabit the family romance: incest, sterility, the death those we love and the terrible legacy of mourning. The body of writing produced by Marie Redonnet between 1985 and 2000 is an unusually coherent one. The book explores the possibility of writing 'de la mélancolie' through focusing on the work of Chantal Chawaf, whose writing may be described as 'melancholic autofiction', melancholic autobiographical fiction. It places Confidence pour confidence within Constant's oeuvre as a whole, and argues for a more positive reading of the novel, a reading that throws light on the trajectory of mother-daughter relations in her fiction. Christiane Baroche was acclaimed in France first as a short-story writer. Unable to experience the freedom of their brothers and fathers, beur female protagonists are shown to experience it vicariously through the reading, and the writing of, narratives. Clotilde Escalle's private worlds of sex and violence, whose transgressions are part of real lives, shock precisely because they are brought into the public sphere, expressed in and through writing.
CEO firmly representative of the one per cent. As the most
privileged, he is nevertheless depicted as also being spectacularly broken
and scarred by childhood trauma. Starting from and revolving around
James’ articulation of a hurt, damaged man as an irresistible object of heterosexual desire, this chapter inquires after the intermeshing of privilege,
vulnerability and desirability in the narrative fantasy of Fifty Shades.
Written as fan fiction online and launched as e-books in 2011–12, James’
trilogy gained viral popularity and was published through Vintage as
Louise L. Lambrichs: trauma, dream and
The novels of Louise Lambrichs are brilliant but troubling psychological
dramas focusing on the traumas that inhabit the family romance: incest,
sterility, the death of those we love and the terrible legacy of mourning.
Bringing together themes of loss and recompense, Lambrichs’s novels trace
with inﬁnite delicacy the reactions of those who suﬀer and seek obsessively for comfort and understanding. But equally they perform a subtle and
often chilling evocation of the secrets, lies and crimes that
); Mary Borden, The Forbidden
Zone (London: William Heinemann, 1929).
30 Anon., Diary of a Nursing Sister: 289.
31 Christine Hallett, Containing Trauma: Nursing Work in the First World War
(Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2009): 155–93.
32 Kate Luard, Unknown Warriors: Extracts from the Letters of K. E. Luard,
R.R.C., Nursing Sister in France (London: Chatto and Windus, 1930).
In France with the British Expeditionary Force
33 Luard, Unknown Warriors (1930): 73.
34 On memorials and mourning, see: Jay Winter, Sites of Memory, Sites of