'(Re-)shaping boundaries in crisis and crisis response

'(Re-)shaping boundaries in crisis and crisis response'

Start date

Monday 27 Aug 2018, 16:44

End date

Wednesday 29 Aug 2018, 16:45

International Institute of Social Studies
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Humanitarian Studies Conference 2018

The 5th bi-annual conference of the International Humanitarian Studies Association will take place at the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, The Netherlands from 27 to 29 August 2018.

About the conference

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.

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Call for Panels

This conference invites panels that examine boundaries from all different angles, ranging from the intentions and practices of government control, international law, the ways in which people organize themselves in the face of crisis and, the rapid transformation of technological limits and the boundaries of humanitarian action. What are the new factors that are influencing the dynamics of crisis response and the dilemmas of humanitarian action? How to understand and respond to attempts by the EU to control refugee flows in and from Libya, north Africa and the Sahel? Is it possible to think of humanitarian crises as a way to move towards a uniting world with fewer boundaries?


Important dates

Call for panels opens
Call for panels closes
Final panel acceptance end date
Call for papers opens
Call for papers closes
Final paper acceptance end date
Conference dates

December 1, 2017
March 1, 2018
April 15, 2018
March 15, 2018
June 1, 2018
July 15, 2018
August 27, 28, 29, 2018