Call for Panels

Open from 1 December 2017 to 1 March 2018

The 2018 Humanitarian Studies Conference, that will be held in the Hague from 27 to 29 August 2018, invites panels that address the changing nature humanitarian crisis and crisis response.

Below you can find all the details on uploading a panel, but don’t hesitate to contact us if you need further information. We are looking forward to you submissions.

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

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 4 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’
  • The Call for Panels will close on the 15th of March 2018, and after this date the Call for Papers opens and people upload papers to your panel
  • 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 sponsorships for participants to your panel if so required.

Panel submissions accepted between Friday, December 1st and Thursday, March 1st
We are accepting panel submissions concerning the following themes:
  • Changing Actors, Views and Challenges from Below
  • Humanitarian Studies and the WHS Humanitarian Scholar Commitments
  • The Changing Realities of Crisis and Responses to Crises, Including Humanitarianism
  • The Impact of Technology and Innovation in Coping with, Responding to and Transforming Crisis
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