A major IHSA activity is facilitating the International Conference of Humanitarian Studies every two years. For more information about our last conference, please visit the conference website.

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Year Place Information  Publication
2023 Dhaka, Bangladesh The 7th IHSA conference took place from 5-7 November 2023 in collaboration with North South University. The conference topic was: Humanitarianism in Changing Climates

You can find a complete list of all 2023 panels here.

See the Conference Roundtable Statement on The Humanitarian Situation in Gaza here.


Publications coming soon!
2021 Paris, France The 6th IHSA conference took place from 3-5 November 2021 in collaboration with Sciences Po. The conference topic was: New realities of politics and humanitarianism: between solidarity and abandonment

You can find a complete list of all 2021 panel and paper abstracts here.
Download the 2021 conference report here.

Overview of publications from participants in various media
2018 The Hague, The Netherlands The 5th IHSA conference took place from 27 to 29 August 2018, in collaboration with The International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), Erasmus University and KUNO. The conference topic was: (Re-)Shaping Boundaries in Crisis and Crisis Response.

You can find a complete list of all 2018 panel and paper abstracts under this link.

International Migration – Special Issue
2016 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia The 4th IHSA conference was organized from 5 to 8 March 2016. The conference was co-organised with Addis Ababa University, Bahir Dar University and the Center for Disaster Risk Management.  The main theme of the conference was ‘Changing Crises and the Quest for Adequate Solutions’ Disasters – Special Issue
2013 Istanbul, Turkey The third IHSA conference took place from October 24 to 27, 2013. The conference was jointly organized by the Kadir Has University, the Centre for Peace and Reconciliation Studies at Coventry University, and the International Humanitarian Studies Association. The focus was on Human Security: Humanitarian Perspectives and Responses.’
2011 Medford, USA The second World Conference of Humanitarian Studies, organized by IHSA and hosted by Tufts University took place from June 2-5, 2011. The conference focused onChanging Realities of Conflict and Crisis‘. Disasters – Special Issue 
2009 Groningen, The Netherlands The first World Conference of Humanitarian Studies was held in February 2009 in Groningen, the Netherlands, and was organized by the universities of Wageningen, Groningen (Netherlands) and Bochum (Germany). During this conference the International Humanitarian Studies Association was launched. Disasters – Special Issue

Impression of the 2021 IHSA Conference in Paris.

Impression of the 2018 IHSA Conference in the Hague.