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2018 DDHR Conference

“Transitions: Crisis, Uncertainty, Opportunity”

February 9 – 11, 2018

From prolonged wars to life-stage rituals, from forced migrations to social or intellectual paradigm shifts, from changes in global climate to local urban development, the human experience is filled with periods of transition. Furthermore, the temporal and spatial extents of these transitions exist on a spectrum were they can last for mere moments or span years, decades, or even across generations. Moreover they can affect single individuals or entire societies. What then are the nature of these transitions? How do individual lived experiences intersect with larger social scales and vice versa? What strategies can be employed for engagement and how can these strategies be communicated to those confronting periods of transition?

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville issues a call for papers for its third conference in Disasters, Displacement, and Human Rights (DDHR). The 2018 conference theme is “Transitions: Crisis, Uncertainty, Opportunity.” This conference is open to all disciplines, approaches, methods, and concepts within the broad realm of disasters, displacements, and human rights, and papers coming from inter-, intra-, trans-, or multidisciplinary backgrounds are particularly welcome.

Abstract submissions of no more than 250 words are invited for individual paper and poster presentations. We also invite abstracts for thematic panel submissions and roundtables, which should include a 250-word abstract for the panel or roundtable theme and the names of the participants with titles and brief (100 word) descriptions of presentations.


Keynote Speakers:

Conference Registration and Abstract Submissions

Travel, Hotel, and Accommodation Information

Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Credit


This conference is made possible by the generous support of the following sponsors:
UT Department of Anthropology,

The flagship campus of the University of Tennessee System and partner in the Tennessee Transfer Pathway.