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Resisting Borders, 9-11 October 2017

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Refugees and many migrants suffer from limits on their abilities to move around the world, 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 face pressing needs for food, water, shelter, and health care. Local governments, international agencies and non-governmental organizations often struggle with providing for their needs, particularly in resource-poor regions of the world. Recent socio-political changes in the United States, Western Europe and elsewhere have placed additional restrictions on the rights of migrants and refugees.

In solidarity with these refugees and migrants, we are hosting a no-travel virtual conference to explore the ethical, legal, philosophical, and social issues associated with refugee and migrant health in a world of economic, geopolitical, and psychological borders.

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Location: Online (no travel)

Cost: Free

For registration and other information: http://www.resistingborders.com

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Call for Abstracts

1st World Congress on Migration, Ethnicity, Race and Health (MERH)
The MERH 2018 Congress is hosted by an independent, non-profit making company working under the auspices of The University of Edinburgh, the European Public Health Association and NHS Health Scotland.  We intend to deliver to you a memorable, affordable, academic and social programme in one of the most spectacular cities in the world.
Congress aims :
  • To improve research, population health and health care for migrants and other discriminated-against populations
  • To bring together policy, social science, clinical, social service and public health perspectives and share and transfer learning within and across countries.
  • To examine contemporary problems across the globe and debate suggested solutions
  • To Consider health effects of social, environmental and demographic change associated with population migration, and the effects on diseases and their causes
  • To find ways to overcome differences in concepts and terminology so the field can be understood internationally in acceptable language.
  • To provide opportunities for people to showcase their work and to meet to share experience and motivations
  • To build networks that will last beyond the Congress itself
Abstract Submission and Registration is now open. 
Deadline for submissions is October 6, 2017.

http://www.merhcongress.com

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MARCH 31 CFP: Chapter contributions for volume on Humanitarian Action and Ethics

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 a.ahmad@ucl.ac.uk

Dr Ayesha Ahmad and Dr James Smith

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Call for Papers (April 15th): Resisting Borders – A Virtual Conference on Refugee and Migrant Health, Mobility, Human Rights and Responsibilities

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 info@resistingborders.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

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North American Refugee Health Conference (Call for Papers- Jan 23)

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.

http://www.northamericanrefugeehealth.com/abstract_submission

Call for Abstracts Closes: Monday, January 23, 2017

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NOV 2, 2016 SAVE THE DATE – CERAH Panel on Health Care in Danger

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?”

Panelists

  • 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
Denunciating that medical facilities are #NotATarget, MSF will also present a short film and expose their expo booth in front of the auditorium.

Panel Discussion “When healthcare is in danger, what can we do?”

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OCT 6, 2016 – Live Webinar How to Raise Funds in “Humanitarian Situations”

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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

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Final Conference of the COST Action IS 1201 “Disaster Bioethics”

Final Conference of the COST Action IS 1201 “Disaster Bioethics”

Dublin City University, Ireland
3-4 October 2016

Call for papers

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.

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How do you speak humanitarian?

From our colleagues at:

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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 ActionTake 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.

Learn more here.