Author Archives: Kavita Ramakrishnan

About Kavita Ramakrishnan

Kavita Ramakrishnan is lecturer in geography and international development at the University of East Anglia. Her research focuses on eviction and resettlement, informal housing and everyday experiences of marginalization, with a regional focus on South Asian and European cities.

Beyond Humanitarian Logics: Volunteer-Refugee Encounters in Chios and Paris

Abstract: Since 2015, grassroots volunteers have emerged as key actors in the humanitarian response to Europe’s “refugee crisis.” Based on ethnographic research on the Greek island of Chios and in Paris, this essay explores how volunteers navigate the ethical and political dilemmas inherent to humanitarian action in their everyday encounters with refugees. We argue that while volunteers sometimes mimic disciplinary humanitarian practices, the exchange of “biographical life” in and beyond camps allows volunteers to reimagine a more dignified provision of care and for creative solidarities Continue reading → Continue reading →