Human Security: Humanitarian Perspectives and Responses Conference 2013

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  • The World Con­fer­ence on Human­i­tar­ian Stud­ies will be orga­nized jointly with the Third Istan­bul Human Secu­rity Con­fer­ence on 24 – 27 Octo­ber 2013 in Istan­bul, Turkey.

    As a close col­lab­o­ra­tion between the Inter­na­tional Human­i­tar­ian Stud­ies Asso­ci­a­tion (IHSA), the Cen­tre for Peace and Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Stud­ies (CPRS) at Coven­try Uni­ver­sity and Kadir Has Uni­ver­sity in Istan­bul, the con­fer­ence will be hosted by Kadir Has in Istan­bul. The Human Secu­rity: Human­i­tar­ian Per­spec­tives and Responses con­fer­ence brings together two annual events, the Istan­bul Human Secu­rity Con­fer­ence and the World Con­fer­ence on Human­i­tar­ian Studies.

    Our panel ses­sions address our four con­fer­ence themes in inno­v­a­tive and inter­ac­tive for­mats to engage both the aca­d­e­mic and prac­ti­tioner com­mu­ni­ties. We warmly invite paper pro­pos­als for the panel ses­sions. Find the com­plete list of accepted pan­els on our web­site under Pro­posed Pan­els.

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    Con­fer­ence Themes

    The Third World Con­fer­ence on Human Secu­rity: Human­i­tar­ian Per­spec­tives and Responses has been divided into four main themes:

    Human Secu­rity Debate: Lessons from Humanitarianism

    Coor­di­na­tors: Peter Walker and Kristin Sand­vik

    The pro­mo­tion of human secu­rity by UNDP and through the adop­tion of the Respon­si­bil­ity to Pro­tect prin­ci­ples opens up a broad scope of con­cerns. It recog­nises the mul­ti­plex char­ac­ter of secu­rity as encom­pass­ing aspects of food secu­rity, liveli­hoods, envi­ron­ment, pol­i­tics and more, and raises a num­ber of ques­tions. Who sets the agenda and why? What does human secu­rity mean for the respon­si­bil­ity of the gov­ern­ment or alter­na­tive power hold­ers, includ­ing tra­di­tional struc­tures, state con­tes­tants, rebels and occu­py­ing forces? What is the role of the inter­na­tional com­mu­nity in ensur­ing human secu­rity, set against norms of national sov­er­eignty? What does it mean for ser­vice providers in frag­ile and com­plex set­tings, includ­ing human­i­tar­ian agencies?

    Pol­i­tics and Prac­tices of Nat­ural Dis­as­ters and Dis­as­ter Response

    Coor­di­na­tors: Chris Cush­ing, Kirsten John­son and Wendy Fen­ton

    Many human­i­tar­ian crises are trig­gered by nat­ural haz­ards. Whether these haz­ards turn into crises depends on the vul­ner­a­bil­ity of exposed pop­u­la­tions on the one hand, and the resilience of their com­mu­ni­ties and soci­eties on the other. Under this theme, pan­els will be orga­nized that explore new trends in dis­as­ter response and dis­as­ter risk reduc­tion. We also seek pan­els that address the pol­i­tics of nat­ural dis­as­ters: why do they hap­pen, is there human blame, how are risks pri­or­i­tized and mea­sures defined and who is respon­si­ble for the pro­tec­tion of peo­ple against these haz­ards? Pan­els are also invited that focus on the nor­ma­tive frame­works of dis­as­ter response. What, for exam­ple, is the pos­si­ble con­tri­bu­tion of the idea of human secu­rity? The con­cept of human secu­rity is an inte­gra­tive con­cept that com­bines ideas on human devel­op­ment, human needs and human rights. How appro­pri­ate is this for nat­ural disasters?

    Socio-​economic Real­i­ties of Human­i­tar­ian Crises

    Coor­di­na­tors: Dorothea Hil­horst and Den­nis Dijkzeul

    This theme elab­o­rates ques­tions of eco­nom­ics and liveli­hoods in human­i­tar­ian crises, as well as ques­tions about the effects of eco­nomic crises on polit­i­cal and human­i­tar­ian crises. While many crises today are pro­tracted in nature, it becomes increas­ingly impor­tant to under­stand and pro­mote the nor­mal­ity of liveli­hoods and ques­tions of devel­op­ment dur­ing crises. This ranges from the emerg­ing insights about the polit­i­cal econ­omy of human­i­tar­ian crises to the oper­a­tional chal­lenges of deal­ing with the liveli­hoods of poor and mar­gin­al­ized groups in con­flict or dire sit­u­a­tions of food inse­cu­rity. Under this theme we also wel­come pan­els that address ques­tions of how today’s large-​scale eco­nomic cri­sis affects the con­di­tions of human secu­rity in crisis-​affected countries.

    New Play­ers in the Human­i­tar­ian Arena, with Spe­cial Atten­tion to Turkey

    Coor­di­na­tors: Alp Özer­dem, Mihir Bhatt and Julia Steets

    There has been a lot of con­cern about the role of new play­ers in the human­i­tar­ian arena, includ­ing donors, agen­cies and polit­i­cal key fig­ures. But what do we actu­ally know about these? Under this theme we seek pan­els con­cern­ing Turkey’s human secu­rity and human­i­tar­ian chal­lenges both as a con­text and donor coun­try. We also wel­come pan­els that more broadly address new play­ers. This may also include pan­els on the influ­ence of new media on crises and cri­sis response. What are the emerg­ing trends in the use of mass media and social media in fram­ing and respond­ing to human­i­tar­ian crises?

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