CALL FOR PROPOSALS - Conference on Statelessness in 2021

Call for Proposals for a Conference

Statelessness in the New Decade: Taking Stock of the Global Campaign to End Statelessness

April 2021
University of Ottawa


The Human Rights Research and Education Centre at the University of Ottawa is proposing to organize a global conference titled, Statelessness in a New Decade: Taking Stock of the Campaign to End Statelessness. The conference is contingent on securing funding; confirmation expected in autumn 2020.

2020 marks a new decade. The global #iBelong campaign has reached its halfway point showing an increased focus on statelessness and the general importance of nationality for dignity and well-being. A range of initiatives and efforts are being made not only to understand statelessness and its effects, but to think of ways to reduce, prevent and eliminate it.

A three-day global conference, to be held at the University of Ottawa in April 2021, will bring together scholars, activists, stateless persons and policymakers to share their perspectives and research, while providing opportunities to network and disseminate findings and views. This conference aims to produce outputs including policy briefs for public authorities, academic publications, and reports.

Key Topics

We invite submissions (200-300 words) from, among others, students, scholars, advocates, policymakers, officials, representatives of NGOs and the not-for-profit sector. In addition to the overall conference theme of “Taking Stock of the Campaign to End Statelessness”, sub-themes include, though are not limited to, any of the following subjects:

  • The #iBelong campaign and the High Level Segment on Statelessness
  • Statelessness, nationality and citizenship as identity and lived experience
  • Civil registration and quantifying statelessness
  • Statelessness, ‘othering’ and discrimination
  • Statelessness as persecution and the nexus with refugee status
  • Citizenship-stripping, denationalization and statelessness

Submissions from all disciplinary backgrounds are welcome in either English or French. They can take the format of proposed papers, workshops, case studies, panels, and/or roundtables.

Submissions will be accepted until May 15, 2020.

Please include abstracts and proposals in a Word format, attached to your email, including:

  • Author(s)
  • Affiliation as you would like it to appear in the programme
  • Email address
  • Up to 6 keywords
  • Title of proposal
  • Type of proposal (e.g. paper presentation, workshop, panel, etc.)
  • Abstract of proposal (200-300 words)
  • Request for funding (if applicable - see below)

E-mails should be entitled: 2021 Statelessness Conference – University of Ottawa Proposals, and should be submitted to:

This is a free three-day conference, open to the public (with limited space). Please note that participants from outside Canada will need to obtain their own visas, if required.

Instructions for financial need

The aim of this inclusive, interdisciplinary and international conference is to bring people together and encourage creative and productive conversations on the topic of statelessness in Canada and around the world. Submissions are encouraged from emerging scholars and students from the Global South; it is hoped that some selected applicants will have their travel expenses wholly or partially covered.

If you are in financial need, please include with your proposal a brief explanation (200 words) of your request for support. In your explanation, please indicate any existing sources of funding you may have and state the amount you will need to attend the conference, including a breakdown of your travel expenses.

All submissions will be reviewed by the conference organizers whose decision will be final.

Call for proposal - 2021 Conference on Statelessness


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