2011 Conference

Painting by Daniel Ramirez

Human Rights, Literature, the Arts, and Social Sciences

International Conference at Central Michigan University
November 11 - 13, 2011

More than sixty years after the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), the attainment of universal human rights remains elusive. The persistence of repressive and discriminatory national policies, cultural practices, wars, genocide, ethnic cleansing, terrorism, rape, and other forms of violence threaten the maintenance of human rights.
This conference will focus on the role of literature (the Humanities), the arts, and Social Sciences in the discussion, representation, and promotion of human rights. We emphasize how writers, artists, theorists, scholars, and lawyers construct and engage the issue of human rights, paying attention to ethical, political, social, economic, and cultural implications of either violations or the constructions of human rights.
Warriner Hall at Central Michigan University

Conference Contact Information

Professor Maureen N. Eke
Department of English
Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859
Email: eke1mn@cmich.edu

Conference Sponsors

  • College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Department of English Language and Literature
  • Department of Political Science
  • Department of Philosophy and Religion
  • College of Communication and Fine Arts
  • College of Education and Human Services
  • Office of the Dean of Students
  • Office for Institutional Diversity
  • Office of the Provost
  • Native American Programs
  • Women's Studies Program
  • The Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways, Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan

Conference Committee

Conference Convener:
Maureen Ngozi Eke, Professor, Department of English Language & Literature
Co Conveners:
Benjamin Ramirez-shkwegnaabi, Professor, Department of History
Sterling Johnson, Professor, Department of Political Science