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Human Rights

Call for Papers

Theme: Human Rights
Type: Global Inclusive Interdisciplinary Conference
Institution: Progressive Connexions
Location: Vienna (Austria)
Date: 18.–19.4.2021
Deadline: 2.10.2020

In just 30 Articles, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)
outlines the core rights that are essential to maintaining the
inherent dignity of human beings, their fundamental freedoms,
equality among individuals and peaceful concord between nations.
Indeed, the rights to life, liberty, the security of the person,
equality before the law without discrimination, nationality,
movement, to marry and have a family, free choice of employment, an
adequate standard of living, education, participation in the
political process, freedom of association, thought, conscience and
belief, and freedom of participation in the social life of the
community have been endorsed by most of the world’s nations since the
UDHR was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly on 10
December 1948. In the aftermath of the devastation created by the
Holocaust, two world wars within the span of 30 years, and waves of
economic depression, the articulation of inalienable rights conferred
upon members of the human family simply because they are human
provided a blueprint for building a fair and just global community.

The challenges posed by COVID-19 and the ascendency of right-wing,
populist regimes in countries around the world are among the many
developments in the 21st Century that have contributed to a situation
in which the protection of human rights is particularly crucial.

Historically, the fight for human rights has taken a variety of
forms, ranging from peaceful resistance to violent uprisings, and
coalesced around leaders whose words and deeds provide a call to
activism. Movements such as Black Lives Matter have resonated across
countries, and activists from around the world are able to channel
the power of social media and our interconnected lives to raise
awareness of their campaigns – from Indigenous water defenders in
Canada, to gay rights activists in Russia, to refugees trapped at the
borders of Europe. Ultimately, the role of activism has been
essential in the case of well-known figures – such as Ida B Wells,
Martin Luther King Jr, Barbara Gittings, Nelson Mandela, Malala
Yousafzai and others – and the countless individuals whose names are
not recorded in the annals of history, but whose efforts have created
genuine, positive change.

Yet pushback against human rights campaigns remains and human rights
themselves are often subsumed by political and geopolitical
considerations. Furthermore, historical, cultural, and geographical
factors can be used to silence calls for human rights to be
protected. 'Whataboutism' and comparisons to similar or worse
oppression are deployed – whether through genuine ignorance or as a
calculated move – to suggest that calls for equal application of
human rights are unnecessary or unjustified.

But when crises, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, arise and when
resource supplies are suddenly burdened, the existing inequalities
within society and the precariousness of human rights, particularly
for those who are most vulnerable, come into stark relief.

It is therefore an appropriate time to take stock of the state of
human rights and develop strategies for realising the ideals of the
UDHR. The global interdisciplinary Human Rights conference provides a
platform for engagement among professionals and volunteer grassroots
champions working in the human rights space.

Key Topics

Key topics, themes and issues for discussion may include, but are
definitely not limited to:

- Philosophies on the nature and implications of human rights
- Past, present and future human rights movements/struggles
- Comparative case studies across countries/cultures
- Human rights and geopolitics
- Legal aspects to human rights and the role of institutions such as
 the ICC
- Barriers to recognition and protection of human rights (and how to
 address them)
- Negotiating conflicts between different human rights
- The case for limiting human rights
- Studies of specific figures associated with human rights movements
- Methods and strategies associated with human rights campaigns
 (including analyses of particular tools, such as boycotts)
- Violence and human rights
- Impact of COVID-19 (and other public health issues) on human rights
- Strategies for developing policy and law that enshrine human rights
- The rollback of human rights under populist governments
- The impact of technologies (e.g. social media, digital networks
 etc.) on human rights movements
- Art, literature and music as a tool of human rights movements
- Inequality, intersectionality and marginality: issues of gender,
 sexuality, race, immigration status etc. within human rights

What To Send

The aim of this interdisciplinary conference and collaborative
networking event is to bring people together and encourage creative
conversations in the context of a variety of formats: papers,
seminars, workshops, storytelling, performances, poster
presentations, panels, q and a's, round-tables etc.

300 word proposals, presentations, abstracts and other forms of
contribution and participation should be submitted by Friday 2nd
October 2020. Other forms of participation should be discussed in
advance with the Organising Chair.

All submissions will be minimally double reviewed, under anonymous
(blind) conditions, by a global panel drawn from members of the
Project Development Team and the Advisory Board. In practice our
procedures usually entail that by the time a proposal is accepted, it
will have been triple and quadruple reviewed.

You will be notified of the panel's decision by Friday 9th October

If your submission is accepted for the conference, a full draft of
your contribution should be submitted by Friday 12th February 2021

Abstracts and proposals may be in Word, PDF, RTF or Notepad formats
with the following information and in this order: a) author(s), b)
affiliation as you would like it to appear in the programme, c) email
address, d) title of proposal, e) body of proposal, f) up to 10

E-mails should be entitled: Human Rights Submission.

Where To Send

Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to the Organising Chair
and the Project Administrator:

Project Administrator:


Progressive Connexions believes it is a mark of personal courtesy and
professional respect to your colleagues that all delegates should
attend for the full duration of the meeting. If you are unable to
make this commitment, please do not submit an abstract or proposal
for presentation.

Please note: Progressive Connexions is a not-for-profit network and
we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel
or subsistence, nor can we offer discounts off published rates and

Please send all enquiries to:

For fruther details and information please visit the conference web page: