Histories of the Red Cross Movement since 1919 Preliminary Announcement

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June 13, 2019 to June 14, 2019
Subject Fields: 
Human Rights, Modern European History / Studies, Social History / Studies, World History / Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies

This 2-day conference (13/14 June 2019, Geneva, Switzerland) seeks to bring together historians and practitioners working on the Red Cross Movement to discuss and debate the legacy, events, and ideas flowing from 1919 and to engage with contemporary issues and concerns of the broader Red Cross Movement. Hosted to coincide with the centenary of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, this conference seeks to engage those interested in the following themes:

  • Challenges of professionalisation vs voluntarism
  • Proliferation of humanitarian activities/expansion/ competition for humanitarian space
  • Technological aspects of operations and its impact
  • Rethinking the development of IHL
  • Gender and humanitarianism
  • Role of media and selling/mobilising the Red Cross idea
  • Shifting from war to peace/disaster management

Organising Committee: Davide Rodogno (Graduate Institute of Development Studies), Neville Wylie (Nottingham University), Irène Herrmann (University of Geneva), Melanie Oppenheimer (Flinders University), James Crossland (John Moores University), Rosemary Wall (University of Hull), Branden Little (Webber State University) & Grant Mitchell (IFRC).


A Call for Papers will be forthcoming in early 2018.