This important one-day colloquium - Caring in Crisis? Communications and Public Reactions to Humanitarian Crises and International Development Causes - will interest academics working in psychosocial studies and social psychology, media and communications, and development programmes as well as campaigners and policymakers involved with humanitarian and development NGOs.
We are delighted to announce that the renowned moral philosopher Professor Peter Singer will be presenting the keynote at the Caring in Crisis colloquium sponsored by Birkbeck Institute for Social Research. Author of best-selling books such as The Life You Can Save: Acting Now to End World Poverty (2009), Professor Singer will discuss the findings of the three-year, interdisciplinary and collaborative research project ‘Mediated humanitarian knowledge; audiences responses and moral actions’, funded by the Leverhulme Trust.
The project investigated the responses and moral actions of the British public to information about humanitarian crises and international development. Dr Bruna Seu (Birkbeck) and Dr Shani Orgad (LSE), the lead researchers on the project, will present its findings which also provide new insights into the public’s perceptions of humanitarian and international development agencies. They will show that the high visibility of humanitarian disasters in the global media generates generous public response, but that people seem to be increasingly critical of and reluctant to commit to on-going support. The research probed the underlying perceptions and attitudes behind these changes and the extent to which campaigns and communications by humanitarian agencies themselves generate public criticism.
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