IHD 2020


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


On 22 May 2020 the University of Nottingham will host the fifth annual International History and Diplomacy conference. 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 2020 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 27 March. 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 3 April. 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.