Human Rights: act

The inherent dignity and the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world. Preamble, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948.

Human Rights Events

The Caucasian Frontline of the First World War: Genocide, Refugees and Humanitarian Assistance
Host: The Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute of the National Academy of Sciences, Republic of Armenia
Dates: April 20-22, 2014
Location: Yerevan, Armenia

The following topics are among the issues covered by the Conference: War and Genocide; the Russian military men as witnesses of Genocide; the Military photographers and footage of the Caucasus frontline of the “Forgotten War”; war and the science: archeological and ethnographic studies in Armenia during the War; crimes against humanity and civilization; status and faith of the prisoners of war and missing; the War and volunteer movement; humanitarian assistance and refugees; and charity in the Caucasus Front.

International Conference: The International Tracing Service (ITS) Collections and Holocaust Scholarship
Host: Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the International Tracing Service, Bad Arolsen, Germany
Dates: May 12-14, 2014
Location: Washington, DC

Five years ago, in a workshop jointly organized by the Center and ITS, an international group of 15 scholars identified significant topical areas for which the ITS documents have great potential, including, but not limited to, social histories of camps and sites of forced labor spanning the entire 1933–1945 period; changing patterns of behavior, violence, and obedience to orders over time from the perspectives of perpetrators, prisoners, laborers, witnesses, and labor users; studies of prisoner categorization practices; medical practices and abuses; and studies of labor utilization in particular towns, regions, camps, or institutions. This conference will bring together scholars who have conducted significant new and original research using ITS collections in the above and other areas. The conference will be conducted in English.

Ethno-photography of/in Iran: Past, Present, and Future
The Anthropology of the Contemporary Middle East and Central Eurasia (ACME), Network of European Association of Social Anthropologists.
Dates: May 29-31, 2014
Location: TBD

This panel seeks to contextualize the distinctive history of photography in Iran from a visual anthropological perspective, attempting to understand its very specific relationship to unfolding social transformations.

Central and East European International Studies Association (CEEISA) Conference’s on “Identity politics and dynamics of (dis)integration in Europe”
Babeş-Bolyai University
Dates: June 12-14, 2014
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
The 10th Convention of the CEEISA will feature a diverse set of panels organized around multiple aspects of the study of international relations, particularly in relation, but not limited to the following questions: Where can we today observe important group-based, internationally relevant struggles for “self-determination” in Europe, broadly defined to include struggles for greater recognition or additional rights and privileges? What are the conflict dynamics associated with these struggles? Focusing directly on the current crisis of European Union, how should we interpret the cleavages emerging in Europe in reaction to economic crisis and political responses to it? To what extent and how is political-economic pressure on member states in crisis or on specific social groups risking the EU´s disintegration?

Human Rights and Change
The human rights sections of the American Political Science Association, the European Consortium for Political Research, the International Political Science Association, and the International Studies Association
Dates: June 16-18, 2014
Location: Kadir Has Üniversitesi, Istanbul

This conference will address this theme of change – not only in the Middle East, but also globally. Some of the questions to be addressed include: How do we understand change in the realm of human rights? What theoretical and conceptual perspectives do we have to help us analyze change? What is the relationship between broader geopolitical change and human rights development? Is human rights a product or a cause of such change? How do we explain changes in norms, laws and societies? Is change a top-down or bottom-up process? Has our understanding of human rights changed? Is human rights expansion a teleological process? Do we assume that it is?

International Conference: “The Making of Jerusalem: Constructed Spaces and Historic Communities”
Host: The Calouste Gulbenkian Library of the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem
Dates: July 3-4, 2014
Location: The Armenian Patriarchate, Old City of Jerusalem

The purpose of this conference is to explore various aspects in the making of the city while focusing on historic communities and their concept of – and relationship with – space (be it sacred or secular). Inter-disciplinary approaches are encouraged from different fields such as history, the social sciences, art, literature, religious studies and different area studies, particularly Armenian Studies and its actual and potential interplay with various disciplines as well as other area studies. The conference aims to remain true to the different temporal phases in the history of Jerusalem while putting the emphasis on the Early Modern and Modern periods, including the contemporary period. It is particularly interested in the post-1517 era, using the Ottoman conquest of the city as a starting point.

Time, Movement, and Space: Genocide Studies and Indigenous Peoples
The International Association of Genocide Scholars and the University of Manitoba
Dates: July 16-19, 2014
Location: Winnipeg, Canada

The theme of the Eleventh Conference of the International Association of Genocide Scholars will focus mainly on Indigenous issues and other genocides. Innovative panels, workshops, and papers that consider the spatial and temporal issues as applied to Indigenous genocide and its commemoration are particularly encouraged, as are comparative studies. Besides panels and papers, the organizers invite other modes of dialogue, including workshops, roundtable discussions, cultural media, artistic works/readings, and forums that relate to policy initiatives, pedagogy, and education.

International Network of Genocide Scholars 4th Global Conference on Genocide
Host: International Network of Genocide Scholars
Dates: December 4-7, 2014
Location: Cape Town, South Africa

International Network of Genocide Scholars’ 4th Global Conference invites papers, panels and roundtables on any aspect of genocide and mass trauma. Southern Africanists working on topics such as the Marikana massacre, xenophobic violence, mass trauma in Zimbabwe, as well as on collective violence during the colonization and liberatory struggles in the region are particularly encouraged to submit abstracts. Presentations on broader African experiences of mass violence such as those in Darfur and the Democratic Republic of the Congo among others are expressly welcome. Given that the conference will be held in the immediate wake of the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, and in the months leading up to the centenary of the Armenian genocide, papers and panels on these cases are also encouraged. Another theme of particular interest is that of climate change and challenges it poses for genocide studies and prevention.


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