Michel Agier Speaks on ‘Humanitarian Government’ Oct. 29

| October 23, 2012

Michel Angier

The College of Arts & Sciences and the Department of International Languages & Cultures presents Michel Agier speaking on “Humanitarian Government as the Postcolonial and Compassionate Side of Globalization” Monday, Oct. 29, at noon in the Emerson Library Conference Room. The lecture will be in English, followed by Q&A in French and English.

Agier is director of studies at the “École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales” (EHESS), Paris, and member of the “Institut de recherche pour le développement” (IRD) at “Centre for African Studies” (CEAf), Paris.

From the point of view of contemporary African situations, Agier proposes to reflect on the hypothesis of a postcolonial genealogy of humanitarian presence at the global level.

After drawing the narrative of contemporary humanitarianism, he argues that present humanitarian government is founded as a legitimate group (outside) of democratic societies and as the private government for undesirables. Agier will also speak about the six years he dedicated to the Board of the Humanitarian Association Doctors Without Borders.

Agier is the author of L’Invention de la ville. Banlieues, townships, invasions et favelas (Éditions des Archives contemporaines, 1999), Aux bords du monde, les réfugiés (Flammarion, 2002, translation by Polity Press), and La Sagesse de l’ethnologue (L’OEil neuf, 2004).

For more information, please contact Lionel Cuillé at 314-246-8619 or cuilleli@webster.edu.

This event is made possible by the Jane and Bruce Robert Endowed Chair in French and Francophone Studies.

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