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Conference: Humanitarianism - Past, Present and Future? University of Manchester, 8-10 November 2012‏


Humanitarianism: Past, Present and Future? 8 -10 November, 2012

Hosted by: The Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI), The University of Manchester

While the field of humanitarian studies is growing rapidly, it remains unclear if and in what way the research offered by historians and social scientists enters into the reflections of practitioners and policy makers. This three-day conference will explore the past, present, and future of humanitarianism, emphasising links between scholars and practitioners in order to forge better understanding of the humanitarian field. It will provide a platform for mutual reflection by showcasing recent historical and social science scholarship, while also involving practitioners as respondents to such work, so as to better inform both contemporary scholarship and the practice of humanitarian intervention.

The conference will be organised along four major strands:

1. Disasters and Disaster Response: highlighting issues such as resilience and agency amongst relief workers and the people living through conflicts and disasters

2. NGOs, FBOs and Multilateral Organisations: focusing on themes such as compassion motives, faith and market logic and competitivity

3. Humanitarian Technologies: including medical and logistical developments taking place in 'humanitarian crisis"

4. Humanitarian Personnel and Professionalization: focusing on such concerns as volunteerism,
humanitarian space and the desires to collaborate which have shaped humanitarian aid since the League of Nations

We invite contributions on the themes listed above and related topics. We welcome submissions from practitioners and from scholars in the fields of history, international relations, politics, anthropology, cultural studies, education and development studies, experts in medical and health studies, or other related fields. Full panel and individual paper and poster submissions will be considered. The deadline for submissions is the **20th of April 2012. **

For further information please visit www.hcri.ac.uk/events/<http://www.hcri.ac.uk/events/>.

Please contact Betty-­Ann Bristow at hcri@manchester.ac.uk<mailto:hcri@manchester.ac.uk> with any inquiries or to submit a paper or panel proposal.

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