Evan A. Fisher

PhD Candidate




  • Presentation



Thesis title: Humanitarian Triage. The responsibilities and competencies of Doctors Without Borders

Supervisor: Antoine Hennion

Through this doctoral research project, I will study the concrete operations that prepare, support, and settle triage decisions in the humanitarian non-governmental organization Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières, MSF). These operations, be they “big” or “small” – establishing the health care needs of a single person or developping the strategic orientation of the organization – will be approached through their instrumentation. The description of the elaboration and the deployment of triage tools is meant to establish that to which humanitarians are attentive, as well as the options, choices, and responsibilities that come to life with and through these instruments. My interest for attention and responsibility will allow me to say what care for “people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from healthcare” consists in. Similarly, the act of triage – or the distinction of that which falls within the responsibilities and competencies from that which does not – will be seen to participate in demarcating the borders of Doctors Without Borders. In fine, I hope to describe the territory that MSF claims for itself through an institutional and political ecology, an organisational geography, and an instrumental topology.