Rights and the Role of Activism: A Conference on Human Rights

Starting Date: 04-28-2006
Ending Date: 04-29-2006

Hattiesburg, Mississippi 39401
United States
The history of the human rights movement in the US has deep roots. And international issues regarding torture, genocide and abuse, confront us daily. Beginning with the Quakers and Abolitionists of the 18th and 19th centuries, the NAACP and the ACLU in the 20th Century and continuing with groups such as Amnesty International and USAS in the present day, advocates of inherent and fundamental freedoms have made their cause America's cause. Standing on the shoulders of those who came before us, we continue the struggle toward "liberty and justice for all" Violations of individual rights and freedoms did not end with the international independence movements of the 50's or the civil rights movement of the 60's. In fact, we see evidence every day of continued abuse-- Darfur, Tibet, Abu Ghraib. Therefore, we accept the responsibility to build on the work of others who have struggled before us. The Center for Human Rights and Civil Liberties at the University of Southern Mississippi is issuing a call for papers relating to activism-- its practice, its purpose, and its intersections with policy and culture. This conference will bring together scholars, activists, students, and leaders of government to bridge the gap between social theory and the impact interest groups have on their communities. The conference will also provide an opportunity for networking among those interested in the field. Through this conference we hope to provide a space where solutions to the problems of the human condition can be addressed. For this reason we ask for paper proposals in the fields of anthropology, biology, criminal justice, communications, economics, environmental studies, cultural studies, geography, history, philosophy, political science and public administration, sociology, social work, and all other areas interested in improving the lot of humanity. We would especially like to encourage graduate and undergraduate students to present proposals. Panel proposals should include the panel topic and a single paragraph abstract of the papers to be presented. Proposals for single papers should include topic and a single paragraph abstract. Abstracts should briefly describe the questions raised, methodology, and conclusions. Please send in Word (.doc) format to Bob.Press@usm.edu. Proposals should be received by December 15th 2005 and participants will be notified by January 28th, 2006. Details about conference accommodations and registration can be found at http://www.usm.edu/polisci/HR%20Conference.htm or call Naomi Hurtienne at the USM Department of Political Science, International Affairs and International Development, at 601-266-4310.
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