The Haven Project Symposium: Intervening for Human Security
Moore Institute, Hardiman Research Building, NUI Galway
Saturday, 29 October 2016
The Haven Project centres on advancing the idea of ‘intervening for human security’ in the ongoing Mediterranean humanitarian crisis. By placing at centre stage the notion of ‘human security’, a core concern lies in challenging how Western interventionism has long been guided by military definitions of security, involving repeated mechanisms of military violence. The Haven Project is prompted by a sense of intellectual responsibility to respond constructively to the increasingly precarious geographies evident in our current moment of global geopolitics and its seemingly endless cycles of violent interventionism. Reflecting on the above and more, leading academics, including our plenary speaker Derek Gregory (University of British Columbia), will join colleagues at NUI Galway for a one-day symposium on Saturday October 29th in the Moore Institute for Humanities. They will be joined by a range of other contributors from NGO advocate groups, including Galway One World Centre, and also by representatives from Irish Aid and the Irish Naval Service. The aim is to coalesce expertise from across the public sphere on geopolitics, humanitarianism and international development, with a view to offering a critical contribution to a series of vital debates on the Mediterranean Crisis and the West’s response.