Call for Panels

Call for Panels open till 30 April 2020

The 2020 Humanitarian Studies Conference invites panels that address: New Realities of Politics and Humanitarianism: Between Solidarity and Abandonment. The main topic has been divided into 5 sub-themes. Find all theme descriptions here.

The call for panels will be open on this website until 30 April 2020.

Below you can find steps and information on uploading a panel, but don’t hesitate to contact us if you have further questions. We are looking forward to you submissions!

Important Dates

Call for panels closes
Call for papers opens
Call for papers closes
Final paper acceptance end date
Conference dates
April 30, 2020
May 5, 2020
September 30, 2020
October 15, 2020
November 4-6, 2020

Steps to Upload a Panel

  • Create a new account by registrering on the website
  • Decide to which theme you would like to upload your panel (if you think your abstract does not fit in any of the 5 themes, please send us an email and we will try and accommodate it elsewhere)
  • Log in with your account
  • Submit a +/- 200 word abstract for your panel
  • You will receive a message in your inbox if submission was successful
  • The panel will now be reviewed by the theme coordinators
  • You will receive an automatic email when your panel was accepted
  • After approval your panel will be published under ‘proposed panels‘ on the website
  • The call for panels will close on April 30th 2020, and will be reviewed until the 5th of May
  • People will be able to submit papers to your panel as soon as the call for papers opens
  • You will be notified by email when someone has submitted a paper to your panel
  • You can then log in on the conference website to accept or decline that paper

Useful Information for Panel Organizers
As panel organizer we hope you will actively engage in soliciting papers for your panel.

IHSA aims for conferences that bring together academics as well as reflective practitioners. Your panel can be leaning to one of these audiences, or aim for a mixed participation. Once a paper abstract is submitted to your panel, the submitter will get an automated reply to acknowledge the receipt and you will be notified automatically.

It is up to you to accept or reject paper proposals.

Criteria you may apply are:
– Is the proposal relevant to the theme of the panel?
– Has it potential to become an interesting paper?
– Does it have academic quality? Or in case of a more practical paper: Does it have strong argument and is it based on material evidence or case studies?
– Does it make a reference to methodology?

You can also make suggestions to paper providers on improving their proposal to meet these criteria. Slots for panels during the conference are 90 minutes. This serves for 3-5 papers. In case there are more papers in your panel, you can have more slots. It may be advisable to appoint a chair to the panel and you may choose to have a discussant to the panel.

IHSA aims for a broad geographical participation and especially encourages the participation from countries where humanitarian crises occur frequently. We unfortunately do not have an elaborate budget for sponsored participation. We will highly appreciate any efforts you can make to find sponsorship for participants to your panel if so required.

Panel submissions accepted between Monday, November 25th and Thursday, April 30th
We are accepting panel submissions concerning the following themes:
  • Decolonising Humanitarian Studies? Ethics, Knowledge Production and Application
  • Health, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Migration, Displacement and Refugees
  • Political Economy and Politics of Humanitarianism
  • Technology and Innovation
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