Humanitarianism at the Edge of Empires: Refugee Aid and Civil Society along the Croatian-Bosnian Border, 1875-1878

Thursday, April 21, 2011
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Room 1219 International Affairs Building

Please join the Harriman Institute for a talk by Jared Manasek, Department of History, Columbia University. 

The talk discusses the mobilization of civil society in Croatia and Slavonia to aid refugees from the 1875-1878 uprisings in Bosnia and Hercegovina. It examines the competing interests of state and civic aid efforts, and looks at the organizational development of aid societies along the border. Finally, it looks at the tensions between refugee aid and aid to support the uprising in Bosnia and Hercegovina, and argues that local activists sought to unite both efforts under the same
umbrella concept of humanitarianism.

Jared Manasek is a PhD candidate in the Department of History at Columbia University. His dissertation is tentatively called "The Uses of Displacement: Populations, Politics and Refugee Aid in the Balkans, 1875-1878." Prior to entering the PhD program, he worked for a number of years as a journalist covering Central and Eastern Europe. He was an East European business and politics editor for the Economist Intelligence Unit, has written for the Financial Times , Christian Science Monitor , Business Central Europe and other publications, and has produced radio stories for Public Radio International, Radio Deutsche Welle and the BBC.