Hosted by Central Michigan University
October 30 - 31, 2015
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.