Conference and General Assembly Theme: “Social Science Perspectives on Human Security”

Call for Papers
2011 Conference and General Assembly
Theme: “Social Science Perspectives on Human Security”
18-20 November 2011
Batangas City, Philippines


The ongoing political upsurge in the Arab World and the recent earthquake in New Zealand and Japan
reminded us about the perils of the modern world. Because of this, the issue of Human Security is again
being resuscitated to address the problem of global insecurity.
The emergence of the paradigm on Human Security can be traced to the landmark publication in 1994 of
the United Nations Development Programme’s Human Development Report. This paradigm challenged
the traditional concept of National Security and argued that the best path to addressing global insecurity
is that of ensuring “freedom from want” and “freedom from fear” for all persons. Human Security was
identified as encompassing seven areas, namely: 1) economic security; 2) food security; 3) health
security; 4) environmental security; 5) personal security; 6); community security; and 7) political

However, there are still many criticisms about the concept of Human Security. Some argue that the
vagueness of the concept renders its application as ineffective. Others see contradictions between the
thrusts of “freedom from fear” from that of “freedom from want.” Those involved in these debates
mainly come from policy specialists, development planners, and human rights activists. Unfortunately,
there are very few social scientists who are involved in enriching the concept of Human Security.

Conference Objectives:

It is in this context that the International Federation of Social Science Organizations (IFSSO) is devoting
its 20th General Conference to a discussion on Social Science Perspectives on Human Security. This
Conference aims to provide a venue for dialogue on Human Security among social scientists coming
from different countries, academic institutions, and research organizations. The concept of Human
Security will be scrutinized using perspectives coming from various Social Science disciplines such as, but
not limited to, Anthropology, Community Development, Demography, Economics, History, Human
Geography, Law, Linguistics, Mass Communications, Political Science, Public Administration, Social
Psychology, Social Work, and Sociology. The conference discussions will be an opportunity for the
sharing of theoretical perspectives and research outcomes.

Conference Venue:

Lyceum of the Philippines University
Batangas City, Philippines

Research Topics:

Proposals for individual papers and panels are now being accepted. Proposed paper presentations may
dwell on any of topic related to Human Security, such as, but not limited to:
· Health and ageing;
· Natural and man-made disasters; and
· Tensions between tradition and cultural transformation.
The conference especially welcomes comparative studies and papers that contribute to the debate on
theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of Human Security.
Individual paper presenters must submit a proposal containing the following: (a) an abstract of not more
than 250 words, (b) a brief curriculum vitae, and (c) contact details (institutional affiliation and mailing
address, e-mail address, and telephone and fax numbers). Individual presentations should not exceed
20 minutes, excluding time for questions.

Organized panels should consist of three to four (3-4) paper readers. Proponents must submit a panel
abstract of not more than 100 words aside from the above requirements for each paper reader. Each
panel will have an allotment of 1 1/2 hours, inclusive of the open forum.

Deadlines for submission:

Abstract 31 May 2011
Full paper 31 July 2011
Notice of acceptance of proposals is on 30 June 2011.


Conference registration fees will be waived for selected paper readers. IFSSO will provide a cash award
of USD 300 to the five best conference papers. The plane fare to and from Manila will be shouldered by
the paper readers and participants.

Paper Submission and Inquiries

Abstracts of papers, full papers, and inquiries on the Conference should be sent to:

Prof. Nestor Castro, PhD
IFSSO Secretary General

Room 209, Palma Hall, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City 1101 Philippines
Telephone/Fax No. +63 2 9262511 Email:

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