Humanitarian actors are now pressed to respond to increasingly complex crises in diverse and difficult contexts. Historically subject to multiple and often divergent interpretations, humanitarian values are now further challenged by changing conflict dynamics, globalization and its effect on shifting power relations, and a more sustained criticism of established forms of humanitarian response. Though under appreciated, ethical reflection offers an opportunity for deeper evaluation of humanitarian action, and its impact on those who endeavour to alleviate suffering and protect human dignity during, and in the aftermath of, humanitarian crises. This edited volume seeks to bring together academics and practitioners engaged in all aspects of both direct humanitarian response and scholarly humanitarian reflection, with the aim of offering a nuanced insight into the complexity of the humanitarian experience in a diversity of crisis contexts. As such, we welcome contributions related to any aspect of humanitarian action and ethics, with a particular interest in practitioner perspectives.
Call for Papers:
The volume is due to be submitted in its entirety by the 1st of August 2017. To be considered for inclusion in this volume, please kindly submit a 200-word abstract by the 31st of March to firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Ayesha Ahmad and Dr James Smith
Refugees and many migrants have long suffered under constraints on their mobility, even in pressing or urgent circumstances. They are often forced to leave their homes for reasons beyond their control, including war and civil unrest, political and religious persecution, economics, or famine and other natural or man-made disasters. Once displaced, whether internally or externally, they may face pressing needs for food, water, shelter, and health care. To explore these and other overlapping issues, in solidarity with these refugees and migrants we are hosting a no-travel virtual conference to explore the following questions:
What kinds of restrictions on movement and travel of refugees are ethically permissible and which are not? When if ever are such restrictions ethically justifiable for refugees with needs for health services?
Greater acceptance and humanitarian support is presented as being in tension with greater concerns for security, but how does this tension play out empirically and philosophically?
What are the implications of ethically justified and unjustified restrictions? For example, in what ways do they create or perpetuate inequities?
What is the proper moral response of and toward states that opt to provide acceptance and support versus those that opt for restrictions on refugees and migrants?
Are there lessons from history that can shine light on the ethical dimensions and significance of mobility restrictions on refugees and migrants, and on fitting moral responses?
… and many other critical areas of inquiry.
We are especially interested in contributions from scholars and practitioners working in the areas of refugee health and/or international humanitarian law, immigration and security, health law and policy. Submissions from those who come from or work in regions facing travel restrictions are especially encouraged.
Interested participants should submit an abstract of 250 words no later than Saturday, April 15th, 2017. Abstracts should be submitted via email to the Organizing Chairs at email@example.com.
All abstracts should be in Word or RTF formats and contain the following information: a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract, f) type of presentation (oral paper or panel presentation), and g) 3 keywords.
Panel presentations should consist of three to four abstracts organized around a central topic of direct relevance to the conference theme. Please use a plain sans serif 12-point font and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). More information will be forthcoming at http://resistingborders.com
The North American Refugee Health Conference (NARHC) is the largest global clinical refugee health conference. It is recognized as the premier conference for those who work with refugee populations. Health professionals and experts from many disciplines, will meet to discuss best practices and challenges faced in the optimal care of the refugee patient population throughout their journey from predisposition before and during flight, to time in a refugee camp and subsequent migration or resettlement. Attendees will be able to share ideas, learn about the latest research on refugee health issues and advocate for better refugee health outcomes.
Call for Abstracts Closes: Monday, January 23, 2017
“When healthcare is in danger, what can we do?”
Time: Wednesday November 2, 18:30 – 20:30
Location: Medical Faculty UNIGE, Auditorium A250, avenue de Champel 9, 1206 Genève
Attacks on medical facilities in conflict zones have killed and injured countless patients and healthcare professionals in recent years, destroying infrastructures and depriving people of access to medical care.
Moderator Prof Doris SCHOPPER, Director of CERAH, medical doctor and professor at the Medical Faculty of Geneva University will ask representatives of ICRC, WHO and MSF, who are exposed in the field together with affected populations: “When healthcare is in danger, what can we do?”
- Erin Kenney, Technical Officer, Stop Attacks on Health Care Workers, WHO
- Marine Buissonière, Not A Target Senior Coordinator, MSF
- Ali Naraghi, Head of the Health Care in Danger project, ICRC
Panel Discussion “When healthcare is in danger, what can we do?”
Live Webinar How to Raise Funds in “Humanitarian Situations”
Date: Thursday Oct 6, 2016 || Time: 13:30-15:00 GMT
The number of emergency situations around the world is increasing. When a crisis erupts, or within the context of an ongoing emergency, there are many funding mechanisms that are available. However, it can be difficult to access this funding, due to the system’s complexity and the chaos that ensues in an emergency situation. This webinar will help to explain the complexities of the humanitarian funding system and empower NGOs to identify potential sources of funding.
Presenter: Janet Ilott is an experienced development and humanitarian professional, with experience working in Africa, Latin America, Europe and North America. Janet is an experienced proposal developer and project manager, who has worked in emergency and post-emergency situations and has first-hand experience of the realities of working in such contexts. Throughout her career, she has developed a broad range of proposals for institutional donors, corporations and foundations. She has worked in Haiti, South Sudan, Ghana, Guatemala, Kenya and Morocco
Final Conference of the COST Action IS 1201 “Disaster Bioethics”
Dublin City University, Ireland
3-4 October 2016
Those interested in presenting a paper or poster at the conference should submit an abstract of no more than 250 words by 31st July 2016. The abstract should be attached as a Word document to an email addressed to DisasterBioethics@dcu.ie with “DUBLIN Abstract” in the Subject line. The email should state clearly if you wish to present orally, or with a poster, or either. Oral presentations will be for 20 minutes, followed by 5 minutes Q&A.
From our colleagues at:
How do you speak Humanitarian?
> bring greater clarity in humanitarian dialogues
> inspire innovation with a stronger knowledge-policy interface
> improve the quality of strategic and operational responses
CERAH reaches out to its well established network of professionals in the field of humanitarian action. Your expertise and opinion count for CERAH’s latest research project Encyclopedia of Humanitarian Action. Take part in our survey and inform us first hand what the Encyclopedia can do for you and how you might want to get involved in this new collaborative project.
CERAH’s Encyclopedia of Humanitarian Action is designed to offer:
A CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK FOR THE 21st CENTURY
The Encyclopedia will explore the different ways key humanitarian concepts are understood across space, time, cultures and disciplines. Confronting academic findings and operational realities to deliver an enhanced conceptual framework, it will bring greater clarity in humanitarian policy dialogues and support better humanitarian operations.
AN INTERACTIVE OPEN-ACCESS ONLINE PLATFORM
The Encyclopedia project will become a living co-creation tool for all those concerned by humanitarian action, to reflect on humanitarian concepts and practice, share perspectives and access resources.
A MUCH NEEDED BRIDGE
Empowering a more informed, effective and cohesive humanitarian movement is our aim. By interrogating how humanitarian concepts are used, we will support the reflective involvement of an expanding range of stakeholders; including the growing ranks of southern actors and the digital generation of humanitarians.
Partnerships are the DNA of the project. CERAH partners, academics, community leaders, as well as other practitioners in humanitarian action are warmly invited to get involved and take our online survey on www.cerahgeneve.ch/survey
Thank you for your participation! Please do not hesitate to share this email and increase the visibility of this online survey.
HumEthNet is building a strong presence on ethics for WADEM2017 in Toronto.
From the WADEM organizers:
Save the Dates – WADEM Congress on Disaster and Emergency Medicine 2017!
Toronto, Canada – Save the dates for the WADEM Congress on Disaster and Emergency Medicine 2017! The Congress, co-hosted by the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and the CBRNE Collaborative, will convene from 25-28 April 2017 at the Westin Harbour Castle in the vibrant city of Toronto, Canada.
The Congress will be WADEM’s 20th biennial meeting of global experts to exchange knowledge and best practices on disaster and emergency health. More than 800 health care professionals, researchers, and students from 63 countries participated in the last Congress in Cape Town, South Africa in 2015–and it is expected that more will be Toronto!
In 2015, the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) estimated 346 global disasters which resulted in 22,773 deaths, affected 98.6 million people, and caused $66.5 billion (USD) in damage. Migration and population displacement, as well as infectious diseases of international concern, continue to challenge our disaster health and medical response systems in unprecedented ways. WADEM continues to work closely with UNISDR to engage in the health component of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and will share insights at the Congress in Toronto.
WADEM and its international partners strive to improve the scientific basis for disaster and emergency health practice and to establish best practices based on validated evidence. The outcomes of this work protect communities, reduce morbidity and mortality, improve recovery, and enable the development of more resilient communities. Congress participants will have an opportunity to engage in these important discussions in a forum with their peers.
This Congress will feature an exciting and innovative scientific program of plenary sessions, workshops, oral and poster presentations, and social events. Networking will begin pre-congress with opportunities to participate in track development and online discussions. Simulations will be highlighted. Continuing Medical Education (CME) accreditation is planned for the Congress.
Toronto is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world with over 100 communities that influence its world-class dining, art, music, and entertainment. Toronto’s international atmosphere inspires creativity and forward thinking.