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Human Rights in Africa

Call for Publications

Theme: Human Rights in Africa, Publication: Stichproben. Wiener Zeitschrift für kritische Afrikastudien, Date: Special Issue, No. 23 (2012), Deadline: 31.12.2011

The journal "Stichproben. Wiener Zeitschrift für kritische Afrikastudien/ Vienna Journal of African Studies" is preparing a special issue on "Human Rights in Africa" to appear in fall/winter 2012 (Stichproben No 23/2012) and invites anyone interested in contributing an article, a research note, or a book review to submit proposals by 31st of December, 2011 to the editors of the volume (see below for contact adress).

Focus of the issue

The issue of human rights receives considerable attention in social and political practice and constitutes an inexhaustible theme in legal, political and social sciences. Moreover, the framework of human rights offers useful guidelines for international comparison of standards and practices in various social and political fields. However, the concept itself remains contested and (re)gains its meanings through the context of its usage and the theoretical underpinnings of the respective debate.

In regards to Africa, the unresolved tension between different universalist and particularist viewpoints further contributes to the complexity of the debate. This volume aims to offer new insights into the ongoing and evolving discourse on human rights. It should contribute to both empirical research as well as established and innovative theoretical approaches. An understanding of the ambiguity of different conceptualizations of human rights should be developed throughout the issue. Contributions from a social science perspective are particularly welcome.


Papers could address, but are not limited to, the following issues:

Social dimension, e.g.:

- Migration; Asylum; Social welfare; Poverty

- Race and ethnicity; Gender; Women's Rights

- Human rights and culture


Philosophical, political, economic and historical dimension, e.g.:

- Human rights discourse(s); ‘Generations’ of rights; Theoretical schools

- Human rights scholarship in Africa

- Development and human rights; Right to Development

- Human rights and the global political economy

- Democratization; Foreign intervention

- Colonialism and human rights; Human rights since political independence


Specific instruments, institutions, concerned groups or case studies, e.g.:

- Specific rights; Minority group rights; Human rights violations

- Human rights and the OAU; African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights etc.


Abstracts of the proposed papers should be sent to the editors by 31.12.2011.


Martina Ciganikova

Email: martina.ciganikova(at)


Miša Krenčeyová

Email: michaela.krenceyova(at)


The deadline for the first draft of the article is 01.03.2012.

The final version of the article needs to be completed by 15.07.2012.


The journal

"Stichproben. Wiener Zeitschrift für kritische Afrikastudien" is an interdisciplinary and peer-reviewed journal of African Studies, published twice a year and based at the Department of African Studies of the University of Vienna (Austria).

The journal’s focus is on contemporary issues concerning Africa and the wider African diaspora. It mainly publishes in German and English, but also accepts articles in French, and occasionally, in major African languages (with translations in German added).

Past issues of the journal can be accessed free of charge online




STICHPROBEN-Editorial Team

c/o Department of African Studies

University of Vienna

UniCampus, Hof 5.1

Spitalgase 2-4

A-1090 Vienna


Tel: +43 (0)1 4277432-09 (or -55)

Email: stichproben.afrikanistik(at)