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CFP: "The Futures of Human Rights"


The CFP below (bolds mine) is especially intriguing in light of JHI’s recent forum (April 08, Vol. 69, No. 2) on George Cotkin’s article titled “History’s Moral Turn.” Questions related to “history” are not explicitly mentioned in the CFP but are assumed to be welcome.

– TL


Call for Papers

“The Futures of Human Rights: Moral, Legal, and Political Cultures”
Interdisciplinary Conference
Program in Comparative Literature, University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC (USA)
26-28 February 2009

The Program in Comparative Literature at the University of South Carolina solicits submissions for a conference entitled “The Futures of Human Rights: Moral, Legal, and
Political Cultures,” to be held in Columbia, SC, February 26-28, 2009.

The idea of human rights is frequently invoked in national and international discussions and yet never has this idea been so contested as it is today. This interdisciplinary conference is designed to open dialogue about the future of human rights. We welcome academic or creative submissions addressing the philosophical, legal, political, literary, sociological, or technological questions of human rights. We seek presentations that speak simultaneously to the issues of specific disciplines and to the general interests of the citizen, so that a common conversation can develop during the course of the conference. Papers should take no more than twenty minutes to read.

Send 500-word abstracts and 50-word bios to Meili Steele.

The deadline is November 1, 2008.


Meili Steele
Department of English
University of South Carolina
Humanities Office Building
Columbia, SC 29208
Phone: +1 (803) 777-2045
Fax: +1 (803) 777-9064
Email: [email protected]