[csaa-forum] From Baden Offord: CFP Activating Human Rights and Peace

Laurie Johnson johnsonl at usq.edu.au
Thu Sep 27 07:05:25 CST 2007


Activating Human Rights and Peace: A Universal Responsibility

An International Conference
1-4 July 2008
Byron Bay Community and Cultural Centre,
NSW, Australia

Call for papers on cultural studies and human rights panel (s).

Following on from the notion that human rights is a praxis of
negotiating and ameliorating human vulnerability, and giving 'voice to
human suffering' as Upendra Baxi has put it, this conference is seeking
panels that address areas where the intersection, interconnection,
interdependence and interface of power, identity, belonging and place
are crucial to understanding such a notion.

Cultural studies is well placed as an approach to activating human
rights given its critical and contextual investigation of culture. As
human rights have become a norm of international moral, legal and
political language, impacting on everyday life in complex (local and
global) ways, and entrenched in cultural forms and in the new
technoactivist corporate model, cultural studies practitioners are
challenged through the purpose and meaning of their pedagogy and
research activities. The 1946 UNESCO declaration that "since wars begin
in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defences of
peace must be constructed," remains a resilient conceptual lens through
which to bring practical change to culture and its content.

We are inviting papers that take a cultural studies approach to
activating human rights and peace in relation to issues such as
terrorism, transitional justice, sexual exploitation, gender inequity,
ageism, ableism, virtual belonging, whiteness, Australian values,
queerness, critical pedagogy, polyversity, relativism and universalism,
Buddhism, and the ecocultural. The kaleidoscope of issues that can be
examined from a cultural studies approach is open.

It is envisaged that these papers will provide a valuable forum to
engage activist, field worker, theorist and scholar in critical and
contextual encounters shared by a common concern for human

Please see details below for submitting abstracts:

Website:  http://www.scu.edu.au/research/cpsj/human_rights/index.html

Please send proposals for 20-25 minute papers, with a 200-word
abstract by 26 January 2008. Please see website for details.

Send to: cpsjpapers at scu.edu.au

The conference will have a mix of plenary sessions with invited papers,
and panel sessions. The conference organisers welcome papers from
scholars, researchers, postgraduates, activists, community groups and
policy makers.

See the book Activating Human Rights, edited by Elisabeth Porter and
Baden Offord (Peter Lang, Oxford, 2006).

This conference is hosted by the Centre for Peace and Social Justice,
Southern Cross University; in collaboration with the Hawke Research
Institute's Centre for Peace, Conflict & Mediation, University of South
Australia; the Australian Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies,
University of Queensland, and NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad,
India, and the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, Australia.

Associate Professor Baden Offord
BA (Syd) BA (Hons) PhD (SCU) MACE
Co-Director, Centre for Peace and Social Justice
Convenor of Cultural Studies
Chair, Human Research Ethics Committee

School of Arts & Social Sciences,
Southern Cross University
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"There is more to life than increasing its speed." Mahatma Gandhi

Co-Convenor, Activating Human Rights and Peace International Conference
1-4 July 2008

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