The Ph.D. Program in History

at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York

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Call for Papers – CCNY Human Rights Conference (due 1/31/22)

The City College of New York, CUNY, invites submissions for its Second Critical Perspectives on Human Rights Conference, POWER & RIGHTS (April 20-22, 2022).

How do human rights work in a world that is both territorialized in sovereign states and deterritorialized through global capitalism? CCNY’s Second Critical Perspectives on Human Rights Conference (CPHRC) seeks to interrogate the complex relationships that exist between political and economic power, on the one hand, and rights claims, on the other. In what ways are rights, as codified in international law, the product of postwar world order, and how are they challenged—or supported by—neoliberal economic norms, policies, and modes of governance?  Do rights limit or undermine contemporary forms of domination, or do they perhaps legitimize them and even forestall alternative projects? In other words, can rights have a transformative impact in the age of neoliberalism? In what ways do rights discourse, law, and human rights practice reproduce or challenge social hierarchies of class, geography, and legal status, as well as ability, gender, race, and sexuality? The CPHRC welcomes papers that consider this theme within the following broad thematic areas:

  • Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Human Rights

  • Politics and Ethics of Human Rights Practice

  • Critical Theory and Human Rights

  • Media and Human Rights in the Digital Age

  • Changing Forms of Warfare and the Challenge to Human Rights

  • Basic Needs and Human Rights

  • Labor and Human Rights

  • Race and Human Rights

  • Women’s Rights as Human Rights

  • Health and Human Rights

  • Migration and Human Rights

  • The Environment and Human Rights

  • The Future(s) of Human Rights

Submission of proposals:

Paper proposals should include a title, an abstract of no more than 300 words, and a one-page CV. These should be submitted through the conference website no later than January 31, 2022.  

Panel proposals should include a title, a panel abstract of no more than 500 words, three to four paper abstracts of no more than 300 words each, and a one-page CV for each participant, including the panel chair and/or commentator. We are accepting proposals for panels that would prefer to be conducted virtually.

Presentations: Panels will be 90 minutes in length, and papers should be no more than 20 minutes each.

Individual Submissions:

Panel Proposal Submissions: