2nd Annual College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Forum on Human Rights
“Human Rights Locally and Globally”
March 1 2013
Through the institutionalization of the United Nations and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the discourse of human rights has had some six decades to spread throughout the globe, largely through a system of state actors. Meanwhile, human beings have wrestled with ideas and practices of human rights for millennia within their respective communities as well as between distinct communities. While some issues focus on international law, state violations, and processes of globalization, others look at individuals, families, and communities that are working to create structures of human rights on the ground. It is clear in the 21st century that human rights are both local and global, are here at home and abroad – each affecting each other. People and communities at home and abroad are inventing their futures in dignity and self-determination. We can learn from them and they can learn from our research. Bringing the best undergraduate and graduate research in the region together for a one-day conference, “Human Rights Locally and Globally” will serve as a space where we can investigate these issues across multiple disciplines.
Possible topics include, but certainly are not limited to:
- Human Rights in Our Own Backyard
- The Social Psychology of Dignity
- The Role of Human Rights in Peace and Violence Prevention
- Human Rights Cities
- Participatory Action Research and Community Empowerment
- Date Rape and Silence Regime
- Societal Perceptions of human rights
- New Media and Political Mobilization
- Race and Human Rights
- Ethics and Cognition
- Spaces of Human Rights
- Writing as Resistance
- Human Rights in the U.S, Election Cycles
- Constructing Human Rights Identities
- New Social Movements
- Agriculture, Human Rights and Resistance
- Human Rights and Methodology
Interested undergraduate or graduate student researchers should submit a proposal to Professor David Brunsma (firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>) by December 5, 2012. Proposals should include name, email, university, degree program, year of completion, faculty mentor’s name, and a 250-500-word proposal. The proposal should include purpose statement, research questions, methods, and conclusions, etc., in order that the committee might get a good sense of the research. Proposals will be vetted by the Working Group for the Center for the Study of Human Rights at Virginia Tech. Participants will be notified of the committee’s decision by December 15, 2012. If you are unsure whether your research fits the conference theme, please do not hesitate to contact the organizer, Professor David Brunsma.
The 2nd Annual College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Research Forum on Human Rights, “Human Rights Locally and Globally,” will take place on the campus of Virginia Tech located in Blacksburg, Virginia. All the papers and creative works will be presented on Friday, March 1, 2013. Pending funding, lodging may be provided for presenters travelling from other universities. The most promising papers and creative works will be considered for possible publication in Societies Without Borders: Human Rights and the Social Sciences and/or Philologia, the journal of undergraduate research published by the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech.
A website with more information will be provided soon.
Dr. David L. Brunsma
Professor of Sociology
Department of Sociology
560 McBryde Hall (0137)
Blacksburg, VA 24061