IHSA/ SciencesPo conference on: New realities of politics and humanitarianism: between solidarity and abandonment
On 3-5 November 2021, The International Humanitarian Studies Association and SciencesPo jointly organise the International Conference on Humanitarian Studies (ICHS).
The conference will be held in Paris, and we will hopefully be able to organise the conference (partly) on site and face-to-face.
In any case, we are committed that the conference will be inclusive, with online participation, activities in multiple locations and additional activities before or after the dates of the conference.
In the period of Covid-19, we have become accustomed to hybrid conferences where participation (partly) happens online. In the case of the ICHS-2021, we would like to take the idea of hybrid conferencing to a next level. An important objective of the International Humanitarian Studies Association is to become more inclusive. Inclusivity has many dimensions, and so far we have identified 4 for our strategic attention:
We make sure to include blogs in different languages in the weekly IHSA selection.
A recent webinar was organized at two different time slots, to enable participation of people in different time zones.
We are taking initiatives to organize regional IHSA activities and networks, currently in Latin America.
We have a facility at the IHSA website where we have collected films and documentaries for use in education, we have organized the weekly selection of Blogs, and our last conferences had a mix of regular panels, roundtables and exhibitions.
The upcoming IHSC will be a wonderful opportunity to advance inclusivity in all these dimensions, and we very much encourage the teams that take on the streams of the conference to consider creative ways to make the conference, multi-local, multi-temporal and hyper-inclusive.
Some of the possibilities already considered or even set into motion: