Call for Proposals
Critical Perspectives on Human Rights Conference, New York City, 2019
The City College of New York, CUNY, invites submissions for its Critical Perspectives on Human Rights Conference, March 13-15, 2019.
The UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights celebrates its 70th birthday on December 10, 2018. Since that statement of principles following the mass atrocities of WWII, the world has witnessed the spread of human rights discourse, norms, law, and institutions at both the domestic and international levels. Eleanor Roosevelt’s prediction that “a curious grapevine” would spread the ideas articulated in that 1948 General Assembly document seems to have come to fruition. Nevertheless, the aspirations of the Declaration remain far from fulfilled, as grave violations of rights continue to be perpetrated around the globe, often with impunity. Economic inequality, racism, and multiple refugee crises have engendered and exacerbated the rise of political extremism. Addressing such issues, as well as many others, the Critical Perspectives on Human Rights Conference aims to explore the contested legacy of human rights in increasingly uncertain times. It seeks to foster dialogue and scholarship from a wide range of perspectives. Conference organizers invite papers from scholars and activists who continue to view the human rights project as a moral and ethical challenge to power as well as from those who see it as an enabler of political and economic domination. The Critical Perspectives on Human Rights Conference welcomes proposals that reassess the origins, foundations, and contemporary forms of human rights discourse, ideas, and practice today, seventy years on.
Conference organizers will prioritize proposals that fall within these ten broad thematic areas:
Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Human Rights
Politics and Ethics of Human Rights Practice
Critical Theory and Human Rights
Media and Human Rights in the Digital Age
Changing Forms of Warfare and the Challenge to Human Rights
The Future(s) of Human Rights
Basic Needs and Human Rights
Women's Rights as Human Rights
Health and Human Rights
Migration and Human Rights
Submission of proposals:
Paper proposals should include a title, an abstract of no more than 300 words, and a one-page CV. These should be submitted through the conference website no later than October 31st, 2018.
Panel proposals should include a title, a panel abstract of no more than 500 words, three to four paper abstracts of no more than 300 words each, and a one-page CV for each participant, including the panel chair and/or commentator.
Presentations: Panels will be 90 minutes in length, and papers should be no more than 20 minutes each.
The regular conference registration fee is $150.00. Early registration by December 31st, 2018 is $125.00
The fee for students is $75.00. Early bird registration by December 31st, 2018 is $60.00.
The registration fee will be waived for CUNY participants (faculty, staff, and students).
** Graduate students must present a valid student ID at the registration desk.
Kathlene McDonald (Chair, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences)
Rajan Menon (Anne and Bernard Spitzer Chair, Political Science)
Juan Carlos Mercado (Dean, Division of Interdisciplinary Studies)
Eric Weitz (Distinguished Professor, History)
Carlos Aguasaco (Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences)
Bruce Cronin (Chair, Political Science)
Dee Dee Mozeleski (Senior Advisor, President's Office)
Susanna Rosenbaum (Director, MA Program in the Study of the Americas)
Irina Carlota Silber (Chair, Anthropology, Gender Studies, and International Studies)
Justin Williams (Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences)
Martin Woessner (Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences)
Danielle Zach (Visiting Assistant Professor, Adelphi University; Patai Fellow, Division of Interdisciplinary Studies)
25 Broadway, 7th Floor
The City College of New York, Center for Worker Education
Division of Interdisciplinary Studies
New York, NY 1004
For details and information please contact:
Danielle Zach, PhD