Launch of the Humanitarian Studies Centre

Professor Antonio De Lauri
Thursday 31 Aug 2023, 09:30 - 18:30
Spoken Language
Aula B
International Institute of Social Studies
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Humanitarian Studies Centre

Please join us at the launch of the Humanitarian Studies Centre (HSC) based at the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam.

The HSC will be a hive of academic and applied research, networking and activities to bridge research and practice. 


The event will include a seminar with different presentations on humanitarian studies in the Netherlands. 

  • 09:15-10:00 - Registration and networking
  • 10:00-10:20 - Words of welcome and presentation of the HSC by Professor Thea Hilhorst
  • 10:20-11:00 - Keynote by Professor Antonio De Lauri sharing his experiences in setting up a network of humanitarian studies in Norway
  • 11:00-12:15 - Taking stock of humanitarian studies: Presentations Slot 1
  • 12:15-13:30 - Vegetarian lunch
  • 13:30-14:45 - Taking stock of humanitarian studies: Presentations Slot 2
  • 14:45-16:00 - Taking stock of humanitarian studies: Presentations Slot 3
  • 16:00-17:15 - Launch ceremony: Guest speakers and HSC next steps
  • 17:15 -             Reception with drinks, snacks and live music

The HSC Launch event will be a hive of presentations and networking. The opening by Thea Hilhorst and the keynote lecture by Antonio De Lauri will be followed by the first round of presentations that touch on the themes surrounding humanitarian studies. Attendees will have the opportunity to choose from different sessions, compromising of 3-4 different presentations by speakers in the field. The afternoon session will include two more sessions of different presentations. 

During the official launch and opening of the HSC we will get to hear a bit more from guest speakers such as Kuno, IHSA, the rector of ISS and what the next steps of the HSC will be. This will be followed by a reception.

And it doesn’t end there! During this launch, we aim to establish a network of those involved in humanitarian studies in and beyond the Netherlands.

About the HSC

The HSC was formed as part of the Spinoza Prize awarded to Professor Thea Hilhorst in 2022. The award is a recognition of the importance of humanitarian studies as a field and will be used to strengthen the field both in the Netherlands and abroad.

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