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The Second Asian Symposium on Human Rights Education
Dates: August 2-4, 2015
Location: Hiroshima, Japan
Human rights, which are deeply intertwined with a nation’s social, political, and economic rights, are critical to a nation’s wellbeing and global peace. Unfortunately, the problems facing them today are widespread and complex, challenging customs and prejudices that are deeply ingrained in the social fabric of a society. At the forefront in the battle for equality today are women, indigenous people, and minorities, to name a few. In many parts of the world, their rights and path to self-determination are obstructed by systematic discrimination and inequality, resulting in varying degrees of abuse, violence, inadequate wages, forced labor, suppression of speech, and overall disempowerment. Moreover, their situation is exacerbated by a legal system that opposes them or by their governments’ inability to protect and promote their rights.
Oxford Symposium on Education Law and Human Rights
Date: August 10-12, 2015
Location: Oxford, United Kingdo
The Oxford Symposium on History, Human Rights and Law is a forum for presentation of papers and discourse by scholars and professionals who have a particular interest in the theory and practice of topics relevant to human rights and education law.
4th International Conference on Research in Humanities, Sociology and Corporate Social Responsibility (RHSCSR’15)
Date: September 25-26, 2015
Location: Penang, Malaysia
4th International Conference on Research in Humanities, Sociology and Corporate Social Responsibility (RHSCSR’15) aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results about all aspects of Corporate Practitioners, Humanities and Management, and share/discuss the practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted.
Freedom of Culture – Culture of Freedom
Date: October 3-4, 2015
Location: Lodz, Central Poland, Poland
In 2015, 800 years has elapsed since the adoption of Magna Carta. This anniversary is an opportunity to reconsider our notions of freedom in culture, politics and mass media. We invite both researchers and activists fighting for freedom and equality.
Pathways Towards Just Peace
Date: 9-11 October, 2015
Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
The Asia-Pacific has undergone critical economic and political changes over the past two decades. The end of the Cold War promised the lessening of regional antagonism, economic prosperity and democratic progress. Nevertheless, the region continues facing challenges caused by border disputes, outbreak of ethnic and sectarian armed conflicts, return to authoritarianism, gross human rights violation, inter-state competitions in armament, income disparity, food insecurity, gender inequality and insensitivity, natural disaster and transnational migration. These challenges have urged the people and governments in Asia-Pacific to seek sustainable solutions through cooperation and imagination of an alternative polity. This is a political project where communities and polities in Asia-Pacific endeavor to ‘reinvent’ themselves, so democracy can find its way even in the most disturbed environments. Nepal itself had been shadowed under monarchy for ages and grappled by riots and communal disharmony for over a decade, until the people decided to move towards peace and development.
24th International Harm Reduction Conference
Date: 18-21 Oct, 2015
Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
This year’s theme – ‘Call for Leadership’ – reflects the urgent need to address critical issues faced by the harm reduction response. The 2015 target set by the international community of reducing HIV among people who inject drugs by half has been missed by a staggering amount, a failure that is now further undermined by the growing funding gap in the harm reduction response due to changing donor priorities. Empowered and engaged leadership among civil society organizations, including networks of people who use drugs, sex workers and people living with HIV, are key to challenging this crisis, as is leadership from national governments such as Malaysia, which through domestic support for harm reduction programming has achieved significant reductions in HIV infection among people who inject drugs. Leadership is also demanded as the international community approaches important UN General Assembly meetings on both drug policy and HIV in 2016.
Reconfiguring Human and Non-Human: Texts, Images and Beyond
Date: October 29-30, 2015
Location: Jyväskylä, Finland
In recent years, scholars of different fields have turned their gaze to the complex relations between humans and non-humans. Theorists and thinkers of ecocriticism, animal ethics, queer studies, disability studies and numerous other disciplines have challenged the humanist notions that place (certain kinds of) human beings above all the “other” creatures, with whom we share our world. In the meantime, our material existence has been reconfigured by the human genome project, in-vitro meat, custommade pharmacology, bioart and other scientific developments. Consequently, (re)definitions and (re)imaginations of humans and non-humans have gained new emphasis in cultural studies, as have the complex material-social entanglements of the production and reception of art and media. As our culture becomes saturated with technology and we begin to notice the consequences of human experiments and exploitation of nature, these questions of human‒non-human relations become more urgent by the day.
Discrimination Free Zone Campaign
“We aim to end discrimination against any individuals or groups of people based on race, color, gender, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, age, or disability through the creation of Discrimination Free Zones throughout the world. These Discrimination Free Zones are always peaceful, and they inform others that discrimination will be offensive to us and that we will not participate in any actions in which such sentiments are included.”
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