(Re-)Shaping Boundaries in Crisis and Crisis Response - call for papers

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ISS is proud to be the host of the 5th bi-annual IHSA conference on Humanitarian Studies from 27 to 29 August 2018. The Call for Papers is open until 1 June.

Call for papers

The 5th IHSA conference on (Re-)Shaping Boundaries in Crisis and Crisis Response is calling for research driven, practice reflection and theoretical papers. Accepted papers will be presented during one of the conference panels.

Full details about the call for papers.

Deadline for submissions is 1 June 2018.


About the conference

Conference theme: (Re-)Shaping Boundaries in Crisis and Crisis Response
Conference date: 27-29 August 2018 at ISS

Crisis and humanitarianism has always been about boundaries. The classic view of a crisis is an exceptional moment, bounded in time and space. Humanitarian action was therefore seen as a necessarily limited endeavour which has a narrow but principled focus on saving lives and alleviating suffering. Setting clear boundaries around crisis were meant to distinguish crisis from normality and legitimate extraordinary measures to accommodate its effects.

Over 60+ conference panels have been submitted under 4 sub-themes:

1) The changing realities of crisis and responses to crises, including humanitarianism
2) Changing actors, views and challenges from below
3) The impact of technology and innovation in coping with, responding to and transforming crisis
4) Humanitarian studies and the WHS humanitarian scholar commitments