who cares logoWorkshop on the Economies, Technologies, and Ethics of Aid   

October 1-2, 2015

October 1: 9:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m. | October 2: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
UC Irvine Student Center, Emerald Bay A, B, and C

What has been called “the Great Aid Debate,” -whether assistance to needy populations around the world results in improvements in social welfare or worsening economic conditions- remains too superficial among the public, and fragmented scholars. Who Cares? aims to move the debate forward through new interdisciplinary synergies at UCI and beyond.

 

Keynote address Thursday, Oct 1, 5:00-6:30 p.m.

Crystal Cove Auditorium, Student Center

featuring Paul Farmer, Co-Founder, Partners in Health, and Kolokotrones University Professor and Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical SchoolDr. Paul Farmer

 

Lethal Care: Pragmatic Solidarity and the West African Ebola Epidemic

Medical anthropologist and physician Paul Farmer has dedicated his life to improving health care for the world’s poorest people. He is a founding director and the Chief Strategist of Partners In Health (PIH), an international non-profit organization that provides health care services and undertakes research and advocacy activities on behalf of those who are sick and living in poverty.

 

 
INFORMATION:  contact hcaron@uci.edu
TO REGISTER: Visit online form or contact simpsong@uci.edu

Co-sponsors: Institute for International, Global & Regional Affairs, Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation, the Center for Living Peace, Illuminations, Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy, Forum for the Academy and the Public, Literary Journalism Program, Center on Ethics and Morality, Newkirk Center for Science and Society, Humanities Commons, Global Health Research, Education and Translation (GHREAT), and the Center on Globalization, Law and Society (GLAS).

 

 

 

SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE

 

DAY ONE Thursday, October 1, 2015 8:30am-6:30pm

Emerald Bay Rooms, UCI Student Center

 Public Reception from 6:30-7:15pm

   Viewpoint Gallery and Crystal Cove Reception Area, UCI Student Center

 

Registration and Continental breakfast: 8:30am-9:00am

Welcome 9:00-9:10am

Cecelia Lynch, Professor of Political Science and Director of IIGARS, UCI

 

Expanding the Universe of Care: Disciplinary Perspectives and Debates (Roundtable)
9:10-10:30am, Emerald Bay ABC

 Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Distinguished Professor, Comparative Literature, UCI

Francisco J. Ayala, University Professor and Donald Bren Professor of Biological Sciences, UCI

Amy Wilentz, Professor of English and Director, Forum for the Academy and the Public, UCI

John (Jack) Miles, Distinguished Professor of English and Religious Studies, and Director, Program in Religious Studies UCI

Gabriele Schwab, Chancellor’s Professor of Comparative Literature, UCI

MODERATOR: Cecelia Lynch, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Institute for International, Global and Regional Studies (IIGARS)

 

Documenting Disaster (Roundtable) 
10:45am-12:15pm, Emerald Bay ABC

 

“Blood in the Water: Documenting Katrina over 10 Years”
Jonathan Alexander, Professor of English, Professor of English, Gender & Sexuality Studies, UCI, and Jon Hughes, Award-winning Photojournalist and Documentary Photographer

“Documenting Environmental Disaster” Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow, Writer and Journalist, Contributing Editor, Dissent

“The CIHA Blog and Re-presenting Humanitarianism in Africa”, Jolene McCall, Graduate Student, Sociology, UCI

MODERATOR: Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Professor of History, UCI

 

Lunch Break 
12:15-1:30pm

 

Neoliberal Economies of Care 
1:30pm-3:00pm, Emerald Bay ABC
 

“Development Assistance and Financial Flows in Africa”, Olufunmilayo Arewa, Professor of Law and Director of the Center on Africa and the Law, UCI

  “From Public Housing to Mortgage Finance: Modeling the Future of Housing Policy in Mexico”, Georgia Hartman, Graduate Student, Anthropology, UCI

 “The Political Economy of Natural Disasters”, Danielle Vesia, Graduate Student, Sociology, UCI

 MODERATOR/DISCUSSANT: Kamal Sadiq, Associate Professor of Political Science, UCI

 

Building the Rule of Law 
3:15-4:45pm, Emerald Bay ABC

“Is it just to build a new Justice?: International imposition of the Rule of Law in post-conflict societies”, Maria D. Bermudez, UCI/Senior Adviser,  United Nations Development Fund

“Who cares about customary law? Or the changing architecture of legal development”, Janine Ubink, Visiting Law Professor, UCI

“The Rule of Law as Diction and Syntax:  On a Neoliberal Ruse in the Chad Pipeline Experiment”, Siba Grovogui, Professor of Africana Studies, Cornell University

 “Legal pluralism and the Multiple Paths to (In)Justice in the Eastern DRC: More Questions than Answers.”, Holly Dunn, Graduate Student, University of Minnesota

MODERATOR/DISCUSSANT: Benjamin Van Rooij Professor of U.S.-China Business and Law, Director, John S. and Marilyn Long U.S.-China Institute for Business Law, UCI

 

Dr. Paul Farmer, Keynote Speaker
5:00-6:30pm
Crystal Cove Auditorium

Dr. Paul FarmerMedical anthropologist and physician Paul Farmer has dedicated his life to improving health care for the world's poorest people. He is a founding director and the Chief Strategist of Partners In Health (PIH), an international non-profit organization that since 1987 has provided direct health care services and undertaken research and advocacy activities on behalf of those who are sick and living in poverty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Public reception: In remembrance of Katrina and in honor of Dr. Paul Farmer
    6:30p.m.

Viewpoint Gallery and Crystal Cove Reception Area, UCI Student Center

 

katrina rememberance

6:30pm

Viewpoint Gallery and Crystal Cove Reception Area, UCI Student Center

 

 

DAY TWO Friday, October 2, 2015 9am-4:45pm
Emerald Bay Rooms, UCI Student Center

 

Registration/Continental Breakfast: 8:30am-9:00am

 

Ethics and Moral Economies of Care
9:00am-10:30am, Moss Cove AB

 

“Mothers, Children, and the Elderly: Humanitarian Representations of Salvadoran Refugees”, Rachael De La Cruz, Graduate Student, History, UCI

 “The Moral Economies of Aid and Volunteerism at AISEC”, Patricia Silva, Graduate Student, Anthropology, UCI

 “Cosmopolitanism and International Aid: Cozy Bedfellows or Antagonists?”, Tiffany Williams, Graduate Student, Political Science, UCI

 MODERATOR/DISCUSSANT: Tiffany Willoughby-Herard, Associate Professor of African American Studies, UCI

 

Plagues and Partnerships 
10:45am-12:15pm, Emerald Bay A

 

“Health Care Contributions to the Local Effort: A Provider’s Perspective”, Emily Dow, Acting Chair Family Medicine, School of Medicine, UCI

Cecelia Florio, MD MPH, and Neema Pithia, Graduate Student, School of Medicine, UCI

 “Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak, 2013-2015, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia: An Update”, Andrew Noymer, Associate Professor, Population Health and Disease Prevention, UCI

 “When the War Ends, the Battle Begins”, Pauline Lubens, MPH and Graduate Student, Public Health, UCI

 MODERATOR/DISCUSSANT: Oladele Ogunseitan, Chair, Department of Population Health and Disease Prevention, UCI

 

 

Military Humanitarianism
10:45am-12:15pm, Emerald Bay B

 

 “Military Humanitarism and the Hunt for Josesph Kony in Central Africa”, Ayesha Nibbe, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Hawaii Pacific University

 “The Dilemma of ‘Drones for Good’”, John Emery, Graduate Student, Political Science, UCI

 “NATO, Institutional Memory and International Organization Crisis Management”, Heidi Hardt, Assistant Professor of Political Science, UCI

 MODERATOR/DISCUSSANT:  Jennifer Terry, Associate Professor, Gender and Sexuality Studies

 

Lunch Break
12:00-1:15pm

 

Apocalypse Now?
1:15-2:45pm, Emerald Bay A

 

“Costal flood dynamics and modeling”, Brett Sanders, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UCI

 “Droughts and Heatwaves”, Amir AghaKouchak, Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UCI

 “Nuisance flooding”, Hamed R. Moftakhari. Graduate Student, Civil and Environmental Engineering, UCI

 “Tidal gauges”, Adam Luke, Graduate Student, Civil and Environmental Engineering, UCI

 MODERATOR: Richard Matthew, Professor of Planning, Policy & Design and Political Science, UCI

 

After the Apocalypse: Treating Trauma
1:15-2:45pm, Emerald B

 

“The Promise of Polytrauma”, Jennifer Terry, Associate Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies, UCI

 “Beneficiary Care as a Technology of the Self: Towards a Lacanian Ethics of Self-Deprecating Humor”, Michael Simmons, Graduate Student, Comparative Literature, UCI

 “Choosing a New Mission: Service and Care in U.S. Military Veterans Post-military Lives”, Anna Zogas, Graduate Student, Anthropology, University of Washington

“Everybody Dies: Buddhist War Victim Assistance and the Liberalization of Aid in Laos”, Leah Zani, Graduate Student, Anthropology, UCI (via Skype)

 “The Social Adaptation of Khmer Rouge Perpetrators in the Aftermath of the Cambodian Genocide: An Exploratory Analysis”, Angeliki Kanavou, Tobis Fellow, International Studies Lecturer, UCI

 *MODERATOR/DISCUSSANT: Connie McGuire, Postdoctoral Scholar, Community Knowledge Project, Anthropology, UCI
 

 

Care: Contemporary Controversies
3:00pm-4:30pm, Moss Cove AB

 

“But They Might Buy Booze:  Cash and Vouchers as the New Normal in WFP Food Aid,” Crystal Murphy, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Chapman University

 “The Helper- Imperialist, Paternalist, or just a Fool? Are there any constructive narratives for external partners in NGO peacebuilding?”, Pernilla Johansson, Graduate Student, Political Science, UCI

“Aid effectiveness is not about what we do, but HOW we do it”, Jennifer Lentfer, Creator/editor of how-matters.org and Director of Communications, IDEX - International Development Exchange

 “Can Public-Private Partnerships Help Rebuild War-Torn Societies? Reflections from Liberia.”, Michael Beevers, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Dickinson College

 MODERATOR:/Discussant: Janine Ubink, Visiting Professor of Law, UCI School of Law
 
Closing Remarks 4:30-4:45pm
Cecelia Lynch, Professor of Political Science and Director of Institute of International Global, and Regional Studies (IIGARS), UCI

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