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

Special issue Journal of Humanitarian Affairs: Gender and humanitarianism

Call for Papers

Background and scope: 

While issues of ‘gender’ and ‘gender mainstreaming’ have been programming and policy priorities in the humanitarian sphere for some time, surprisingly little attention has been played to the ways in which the humanitarian sector is 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 within 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 too rarely the explicit focus of research. The gendered concept of ‘care’; militarised and masculine romanticised representations of aid workers; and the recent #aidtoo movement drawing attention to the levels of sexual harassment and discrimination in the humanitarian sector 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 invites 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 impact how people experience humanitarian space? How is humanitarianism implicated in the creation and maintenance gendered power structures? We also encourage reflection on cultures of masculinity and the paternalistic and patriarchal aspects of the international aid system.

In addition to research articles, the journal invites alternative format submissions, especially from practitioners and recipients of humanitarian aid. Here we would encourage reflective pieces, commentary, field reports and others. If you have an idea about an alternative submission, please contact the editor.  

Deadline, Submission and Review Process:

Initial abstract submission: please email abstracts to Róisín Read (University of Manchester) on roisin.read@manchester.ac.uk – November 5th 2019
Notification of acceptance – November 8th 2019
Initial manuscript submission – February 2020
Final manuscript submission – August 2020
Expected publication date – December 2020

For any questions regarding this special issue, please contact Róisín Read (University of Manchester) on roisin.read@manchester.ac.uk