See you in Istanbul! PHAP to contribute to the next World Conference on Humanitarian Studies

The joint Third World Conference on Humanitarian Studies (WCHS) and Third Istanbul Human Security Conference will be held 24-27 October 2013 in Istanbul. Taking place immediately after PHAP's Core Professional Training on Humanitarian Law and Policy and Thematic Workshop on Humanitarian Access for Assistance and Protection, this is an exciting opportunity for PHAP members and colleagues to take part in a community-wide discussion on the topic of human security – how recent human security risks, threats, and crises in different parts of the world affects the humanitarian sector, and how we should respond to such challenges. In collaboration with senior members and other regular contributors to its training programs, PHAP is supporting members who want to contribute to one or more of the panels during the conference, in order to promote knowledge-sharing within the association and in the wider humanitarian community.

PHAP members and Secretariat staff participated in the last WCHS in June 2011, which was hosted by the Feinstein International Studies Center at Tufts University and brought together hundreds of practitioners, policy makers, and academics from leading government agencies, NGOs, and academic institutions  It was an enriching experience, with myriad opportunities to discuss critical issues facing the humanitarian sector and to make new professional connections. We look forward to an equally valuable experience at the upcoming 2013 edition.

Looking ahead, the 2013 conference as a whole is organized once again by the International Humanitarian Studies Association (IHSA), but this time in collaboration with the Centre for Peace and Reconciliation Studies (CPRS) at Coventry University and Kadir Has University. This year, PHAP will also organize a members' meet-up in Istanbul the evening before the conference, on 23 October.

All conference panels are organized into four broad themes, which are all linked in different ways to the concept of human security:

  • Human security debate: Lessons from humanitarianism
  • Politics and practices of natural disasters and disaster response
  • Socio-economic realities of humanitarian crises
  • New players in the humanitarian arena, with special attention to Turkey

The PHAP Secretariat is providing editing support to all PHAP members who want to contribute a paper to one of the panels. In order to help disseminate the results of the papers, support is also provided to rework papers to be published as PHAP member articles. For a full list of panels, see the conference website. If you are interested in working with us on presenting a paper at the conference, please do not hesitate to contact us. If you are not yet a member of PHAP, read more about membership in the association and apply now!

We hope to see you in Istanbul - at our professional training courses, our members' meet-up, or the conference in October!