IHD 2022 – Programme

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Humanitarianism and Human Rights: From the Local to the Global

Liverpool John Moores University, 13 May 2022

Preliminary Programme

08:30 – 09:00             Registration and Welcome

09:00 – 10:00

Keynote Address:

Laure Humbert (University of Manchester)

10:00 – 11:20             Panel One

 Governing Humanitarianism: NGOs and the Nation State

Chair: TBC

Andrew Searle (University of Birmingham)

As Unthinkable as Slavery: Amnesty International and the Invention of Torture 

Maria Cullen (NUI Galway)

A Rights-based Humanitarianism During the Cold War

11:20 – 11:40             Break

11:40 – 13:00             Panel Two

 Local, National, International, and Transnational Networks of Humanitarianism

 Chair: TBC

Emily Sharp (University of Northumbria)

British Students and Transnational Solidarity Networks from the 1950s to the 2000s

Eline van Ommen (University of Leeds)

Solidarity and Sandinista Nicaragua: Between Humanitarianism and Political Activism, 1979-1990 

Channon Oyeniran (Queen’s University)

The Civil Rights Movement in Canada: Civil Rights trailblazers and their fight for justice 

13:00 – 13:45       Lunch (provided)

13:45 – 14:45       Lunch hour lecture

Karthisasen Govender (University of Kwazulu-Natal)  

‘Human Rights in Practice: Enforcing Socio-Economic Rights in an Unequal World’     

14:45 – 15:45   Panel Three

The Politics of Humanitarianism

Chair: TBC

Fred Bricknell (University of Hull)

Sir John Gladstone and the Remaking of the British Empire’s Labour Regime in the Nineteenth Century 

David Grealy (University of Liverpool)

“Hardly a Trumpet Call for Freedom Everywhere!” Margaret Thatcher and the Conservative Reframing of Britain’s Human Rights Agenda 

15:45 – 16:00             Break

16:00 – 17:00            

Plenary Address:

James Crossland (Liverpool John Moores University) 

17:00 – Onwards        Refreshments & dinner


Call for Papers

We invite submissions for the fifth annual International History and Diplomacy conference, to be held at Liverpool John Moores University on 13 May 2022. Established in 2015, the aim of IHD is to provide an accessible, inclusive, and intellectually stimulating forum for doctoral candidates, early career researchers and established academics in which to showcase, reflect upon, and discuss their research findings within international history and diplomacy.

IHD’s 2022 symposium will explore the history of human rights and humanitarianism, broadly construed. We invite papers that address any aspect of the development of human rights and humanitarianism as concepts, from the rise of the international human rights movement to the response it generated among perpetrators of human rights abuses across the globe.  The organisers are particularly interested in papers that adopt international and transnational perspectives, including – but not limited to – those addressing the role of international organisations and non-state actors, the development of transnational networks, and the significance of actors in the Global South.

To this end, the conference organisers invite both twenty-minute paper proposals and complete panel submissions from postgraduates, early career academics and established scholars, as well as journalists, politicians, think tanks and those in related fields, on topics relevant to the conference. Paper proposals should consist of a 300-word abstract and a few descriptive key words. Panel proposals are expected to include a chair and consist of three papers and should be submitted by one person who is willing to serve as the point of contact. In addition to 300-word abstracts for each individual paper, panel submissions should also include a brief 150-word introduction describing the panel’s main theme. Proposals should be sent to the IHD email editor@ihd.news by Friday 4 March. Please indicate clearly alongside your submission whether the panel/presentation is conceived as an in-person or online session. Unfortunately we are unable to facilitate hybrid panels. Please note that proposals will be considered in accordance with IHD’s equality and diversity policy and all male panel proposals will not be accepted.

Decisions on inclusion will be made by Friday 11 March. Updates regarding the conference will be posted to the IHD website. There will be no fees for delegates. It is hoped that participants will be able to call upon their departments for any transportation and accommodation expenses.

Keynote Address: Dr Laure Humbert (University of Manchester)

Lunch Hour Lecture: Prof. Karthisasen Govender (University of Kwazulu-Natal) –

‘Human Rights in Practice: Enforcing Socio-Economic Rights in an Unequal World’

Plenary Address: Dr James Crossland (Liverpool John Moores University)

2020 Conference – Update

Dear IHD colleagues,

After careful consideration, it is with great regret that the IHD Committee has made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s conference due to take place at the University of Nottingham on Friday 22 May 2020. The decision to postpone the conference follows increased concerns about the COVID-19 outbreak and the uncertainties surrounding this, and we felt that this was the best way to proceed. The organisers of the conference hope to work to reschedule their event at a later, yet undecided, date.

The IHD Committee are very disappointed that we are unable to hold this event and know those hoping to attend will also share this disappointment. However, we feel that it is the right decision based on the information we presently have regarding to the global outbreak.

We hope that you all stay safe and please check out our website www.ihd.news and Twitter account @IHD20C for updates on potential rescheduling.

Kind regards,


The IHD Committee