Author Archives: Ludĕk Stavinoha

About Ludĕk Stavinoha

Ludĕk Stavinoha is lecturer in media and international development at the University of East Anglia. Since 2016, he has been researching the political agency of refugees and the role of grassroots volunteers in the humanitarian response on the Greek islands.

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 →