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Rethinking Rights in Times of Crisis

Call for Papers

Theme: Rethinking Rights in Times of Crisis
Subtitle: Local and Global Perspectives on Resilience and Dignity
Type: 2020 Human Rights Conference
Institution: Center for African and African Diaspora Studies (CAADS)
and Presidential Commision on Race And Ethnic Diversity (CORED),
Kennesaw State University (KSU)
Location: Kennesaw, GA (USA)
Date: 12.–14.3.2020
Deadline: 30.10.2019


The ubiquitous crises of the early 21st century have been marked by
populist forces that, in association with state and nonstate
entities, have increasingly normalized violence against our planet’s
most vulnerable. We therefore believe it is imperative to cultivate
nuanced understandings of resilience, to advocate urgently for a
praxis of responsibility and compassion, and to engage critically
with mechanisms for respecting the dignity of humans and others, with
structures and the logics of rights. This conference will highlight
issues that compel us to think about the future of the planet deeply,
creatively, conceptually, and contextually.

We look forward to papers, roundtables, and workshops that address
issues, trends, developments, and movements that have shaped the
discourses of rights and reimagined ways of being human and of
understanding the nonhuman. Also welcomed are proposals that pose
challenges to identities, authorities, economies, and constructions
of biopolitics and transnationalism.

We welcome submissions from all academic and policy/practice relevant
fields that relate to the conference themes.

Papers, Roundtables, and Workshop Ideas are invited in the following
four related areas.

1. Human rights and nationalisms
- Epistemological assumptions
- Violence in states and movements espousing human rights
- Structures of accountability within interventions naming human
 rights goals
- Legal, ethical, and/or cultural aspects
- Impcats of technology and social movements, including by extremist
- Geopolitical hegemony
- Crimes against humanity
- Migration/immigration
- New forms of boundary making
- Under extremist regimes
- In conflict
- Human trafficking
- Truth and reconciliation commissions
- Traditional media/social media and contemporary conflicts
- Techno-nationalisms
- Rhetoric and representation
- Emerging Ethno-nationalisms and borders
- Gender-based violence and extremism

2. Diversity/inclusion issues and movements
- Student activism
- Transnational solidarities
- Emerging forms of resilience and resistance
- Gender and sexuality
- Youth and children
- Race and ethnicity
- Religion

3. The Nonhuman
- The states of the environment
- Trends in philosophy, policy, and law
- Comparative cultural approaches
- Indigenous perspectives and modes of activism regarding the nonhuman

4. The Possibilities of Interfaith Dialogues
- Dispelling stereotypes about Other religions, e.g., strategies for
 responding to Islamophobia
- Alleviating interreligious violence
- Misconceptions about Interfaith
- Limits of Interfaith
- Case studies

Submission Guidelines

- Deadline for abstract submissions: October 30, 2019
- Word limit: 250 words plus a few sentences of professional bio and
 institutional affiliation
- Notification of acceptance to present at the conference: By
 December 1st 2019
- Conference abstracts and enquiries:


It is the intention of the conference conveners in association with a
prominent publisher to bring out a collection of essays (in an edited
volume). The Conference Committee (comprised of a group of scholars
from KSU and other partnering institutions) will solicit select
papers from the conference presentations for full length (7000 word
or less) submission to the organizers by July 1st 2020. The
organizers and the Conference Committee plan on working on this
edited collection of essays in 2020-21 (contingent upon
responsiveness of select invitees and resource availability).


Fees: $120.00

- Conference Program
- Lunch March 12th and 13th
- Dinner Banquet March 14th

Formats for Conference Presentations

- Individual Presentations
These are typically topical presentations for a 15 minute slot. The
presenter will prepare a conference paper that will be presented and
is typically a more focused, narrower version of their overall
project. The conference committee will organize accepted abstracts
into sessions based on overlapping themes.

These sessions may take different forms based on the nature and depth
of accepted abstracts:

- Themed Session
These sessions at conference primarily include completed research or
scholarly work. The presentations will be grouped by topic or theme
into sessions that include several related presentations. This
facilitates audience attendance and organizes topics at the

- Roundtable Session
Roundtable sessions allow the presenter the opportunity to interact
and converse more with the audience. Presenters are assigned to a
table in a conference room for the duration of the session and
interested attendees may join them at their table. These sessions are
typically best for position papers, policy analyses, and other types
of topics that benefit from extended discussion time.

- Pre-organized Themed Panel Discussions
90 minute sessions with a maximum of four papers or three papers and
a discussant. In panel discussions, two or more speakers will present
different aspects, perspectives or thoughts on the topics mentioned
above (this may include a research problem or question based on
proposed or ongoing research). Each speaker will have an opportunity
to present their information and when all the speakers are finished,
there is typically time for discussion. Panel conveners may include a
discussant. Each speaker in a panel will have maximum 15 minutes.
There will be 15 minutes of audience/discussion time at the end.

- Pre-organized Themed Roundtables
90 min sessions with 5-6 presenters each having a 5-7 minutes slot
leaving ample time for discussion. Roundtable submissions must have
an identified chair.

- Poster Presentations:
Poster presentations are opportunities for a larger number of
researchers to present their research in the form a visual poster
presentation. The posters are large (often 3' x 4') and provide the
researcher with enough space to fully summarize their research in an
attractive and professional way. The presenter typically prepares a
short oral summary that can be given to those who are interested.
Attendees are free to move about the room and examine posters and
talk individually to the presenters. This format does allow the
opportunity for a research target those that are genuinely interested
and engage them in discussion that often allows for more detail.
Another advantage of this type of format is that researcher can
receive valuable feedback from the attendees.

- Workshops:
Workshops are interactive sessions that can vary in length from
approximately an hour to half a day. If you have an idea please
approach the organizers soon to see if your work-shop better fits in
a pre-conference format or within the regular conference schedule.
These sessions usually begin with explanatory or introductory
information and then move on to involve the audience in some type of
interactive, participatory activity. Workshops and interactive
presentations are particularly well suited for demonstrations,
learning new skills or procedures, debates, exhibitions and so forth.
Considering the relevance of our theme/s we are interested in
submissions in this format.


Nurudeen B. Akinyemi
Center for African and African Diaspora Studies
Kennesaw State University
3393 Town Point Road, Suite 1700, MD 9116
Kennesaw, GA 30144