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Key Moments of the 20th Century and Their Legacy


Call for Papers

Theme: Key Moments of the 20th Century and Their Legacy
Type: 2019 Interdisciplinary Conference on Human Rights
Institution: Anglo-American University
  Norwich University
Location: Prague (Czech Republic)
Date: 7.–8.3.2019
Deadline: 31.10.2018


Conference organizers solicit inter-disciplinary papers and
presentations from undergraduate students, graduate students, and
faculty. The theme of the conference, which all submissions are
encouraged but do not have to address directly; will commemorate
important dates in Central European human rights history.

In 1919, delegates at the Versailles Peace Conference drafted the
Covenant of the League of Nations, the first parliament of nations in
world history. In 1938, participants in the Munich Conference
abandoned Czechoslovakia to Nazi Germany, which in 1939 was violated
by Nazi occupation and resulted in the most destructive war of
1939-1945. A decade later, a 1948 coup engineered by the Soviet KGB
overthrew an elected government of Czechoslovakia and replaced it
with a communist regime. The Prague Spring, an attempt to assert free
speech and cultural expression, challenged communist rule of
Czechoslovakia in 1968-1969 and foreshadowed a successful return to
democracy twenty years later. In 1977 the European Communities
representatives met in Helsinki with representatives of the Soviet
block on a conference that opened the gate to respecting human rights
in Eastern Europe. A cascading chain of dissent led in 1989 to the
peaceful democratic transition termed the Velvet Revolution, in the
former Czechoslovakia. Emphasis on self-determination led soon to a
division of the country into the Czech Republic and Slovak Republic.

We believe, that the complicated historical developments in Central
European countries gives strong reasons to turn the attention of
academic community, and especially the young generation, to the
seemingly distant (but close) historical moments mentioned above. A
better understanding of the recent past may help in interpreting
current developments in politics and their consequences to the human
rights movement. Thus, the goal of the conference is to apply the
lessons from the past to recent developments in many countries.

This goal is important especially in the context of populism’s rise
and the electoral success of parties that incline to authoritative
and nationalistic policies. The rise of these policies and values is
marked by the decline of public trust in democratic institutions.
This is reflected not only on the rise of the populist radical-right
parties but also in the salience of secessionist movements in
established democracies. On the other side, the new democracies
formed after 1989 have witnessed the slow and incremental erosion of
democratic institutions as a result of the fear of terrorism,
political violence, and linkage of politics with narrow economic
interests. This erosion includes causes political apathy in the
public, lack of political culture including misrepresentation and
misleading information provided by politicians, a misuse of
historical experience, ineffective coalition building, and the
oppression of media and civil society. It seems the democratic
momentum gained in the early stages of the post-Cold War has
disappeared. As a result of this emerging transnational wave of
authoritarianism, of growing importance to derive lessons from the
past to make sense of how and why this is happening across different
contexts.

The conference will offer strong emphasis on feedback and discussion,
moderated by expert chairpersons in various sessions. The conference
will aim at young scholars as well as student works – both in
presentations and active discussions in special sessions.

The conference will also include experiential learning for students.
One of the planned events will be a two-day Moot Court for students
that will include competing teams from both organizing universities.
The Moot Court will include external experts and will be open for
conference attendants to become a part of audience.

Another feature of the conference will be Round Table on Roots of
Human Rights. Although the competent authorities have been able to
approve the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Charter of
Fundamental Rights of the European Union there are ongoing
discussions about the roots and the foundations of human rights. This
Round Table should add to these discussions especially from
historical, philosophical and religious points of view. Format of the
contributions in this section are standard academic papers
(proceedings to be submitted into Web of Science) or alternative
formats (notes, papers in non-academic discourses) accepted.

Language: English

Participation

Academic papers submitted to the conference will go through a
rigorous review process. After acceptance, contributions will be
included in the conference proceedings. (However, authors can opt out
from publication in proceedings). Conference proceedings with ISBN
will be published on conference web. Online conference proceedings
will be sent for evaluation to Thomson Reuters to be entered on the
Conference Proceedings Citation Index. Accepted student works will be
published in a parallel Conference proceedings with ISBN.

Abstracts and full papers in English should be sent to
human.rights@aauni.edu in MS Word file format. Detailed instructions
for authors will be posted on the conference website.

- Register via email: human.rights@aauni.edu                                                                                   - Submit Abstract (150 words) ASAP (latest deadline October 31, 2018)
- Submit full paper (18.000-36.000 characters incl. spaces) by
 January 10, 2019 (see more instructions for authors on the web)
- Comments on the paper will be communicated within 14 days after
 submission.
- Submit revised version of full text by February 15, 2019
- Notification of acceptance is issued within 7 days after submission.
- Pay conference fee by February 15, 2019 (see instructions below)
- Attend conference March 7-8, 2019 and present your work. 

Attendance certificate will be issued automatically and handed out at
the end of the conference.

Important Deadlines

Abstract: October 31, 2018
Full papers: January 10, 2019
Revised papers: February 15, 2019
Final Revisions: April 31, 2019
Conference time: March 7-8, 2019
Proceedings published: May 2019

Venue

Anglo-American University
Letenská 5, Prague, Czech Republic

Directors of the Conference

Rowland Brucken
Norwich University, Northfield, VT, USA

Peter Bolcha
Anglo-American University, Prague, Czech Republic


Contact:

Dr. Rowland Brucken
History and Political Science Faculty
Norwich University
158 Harmon Drive
Northfield, VT
USA
Phone: +1 802 485-2362
Email: rbrucken@norwich.edu
Web: https://www.aauni.edu/human-rights-conference-2019/