CfP: The Human Security Implications of the Refugee Crisis, Istanbul Human Security Conference. Deadline 01/06/2016

Istanbul Human Security Conference
19-21 October 2016
Istanbul, Kadir Has University

The sixth Istanbul Human Security Conference will be taking place on 20-21 October 2016. As a close collaboration between the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR) at Coventry University, the United Nations Human Security Unit and Kadir Has University in Istanbul, the conference will be hosted by Kadir Has University in Istanbul (

This year, we are focusing on displacement and human security due to the importance and urgency of this topic. Currently, there are around 60 million displaced people around the world. Although displacement is not a new phenomenon, it can be said that this is a highly important issue considering the fact that this is the highest number noted since the Second World War. Among many conflicts in the world, the war in Syria and its spill-over to the Middle East should be mentioned as they created more than 10 million internally displaced people and refugees which affected not just the neighbouring regions but other continents including Europe.

The exponential influx of refugees has led to humanitarian crises which the international community had to face. This situation surely brings human security implications that both individual governments and international organizations have to address immediately. European governments and other international organizations are constantly trying to find a common response to the current developments, however there is still much to be done in terms of accommodating refugees, sustaining national and human security in order to properly care for the displaced and reassure the host populations.

This year, we are accepting presentations from authors who will focus on displacement and human security related issues. Our aim is to bring about a fresh approach to the turmoil that is engendered by the so-called refugee crisis and provide suggestions and solutions to move forward. We are open to presentations that focus on the implications of Syrian War on displacement but we also welcome others that focus on any other case study that has to do with displacement and human security. The main themes of the conference are listed below however other topics can also be suggested.

Submission of Paper Abstracts and Panel Proposals:
• Local integration and trust-building
• Return migration
• Humanitarian aid
• Refugee Camps
• Responses to Refugee Crisis in the World
• Transnationalism and Conflicts

If you are interested in submitting a paper, you will need to submit a 200 word abstract.
If you are interested in organizing a panel, you will need to:
• Submit a 200-word abstract with your affiliation and the title of the presentation.
• Solicit contributors and evaluate submissions under your panel once your proposal is approved.
• Arrange the panel: find a chair, consider the need for special funding of participants and maintain communication with the conference team. Panel session will be 90 minutes with three to five papers per session, which focus on a common theme. Please plan for the use of a discussant and allow ample time for interaction. Please note that if you have more than 5 papers there is the possibility to have multiple sessions.

If you are interested in organizing a roundtable consider presentations of agency work, or ongoing policy development from agencies or governments. Organizers of roundtables should take responsibility for the programme.

Call for Papers
• Deadline for submission of abstracts 1 June 2016
• Successful authors will be notified by 1 July 2016
• Deadline for registration 1 August 2016

Please send your abstracts and questions to:

For more information please do not hesitate to get in touch on . We are very much looking forward to hear from you.