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

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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