Humanitarian studies focus on the norms, organizations, processes and outcomes of humanitarian action. As in the case of development studies, gender studies or environment studies, scholars often claim that interdisciplinary approaches are best suited to the study of the field. The claim is discussed in this paper. Building on Foucault’s work on discipline and knowledge, the dimensions of interdisciplinarity are highlighted and summarized. Humanitarian studies are then introduced and mapped along these dimensions. Some of the issues and difficulties that arise with regard to interdisciplinarity in humanitarian studies are explored. Notwithstanding these difficulties, the paper acknowledges the value and potential of interdisciplinary research and training in humanitarian studies.
|Keywords:||Humanitarian, Interdisciplinary, Multidisciplinary, Transdisciplinary|
University of Hong Kong, Nashik, China
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