Call for Papers: Human rights in uncertain times: global essons for and from Scotland

The Glasgow Human Rights Network presents:

Human Rights in Uncertain Times: Global Lessons for and from Scotland

29th and 30th May 2014

University of Glasgow

Call for Papers

The Glasgow Human Rights Network (GHRN) are hosting a 2-day conference in May 2014  and invite contributions from researchers and practitioners working on the status and role of human rights in evolving political, societal and economic contexts. This conference comes at a particularly pertinent time when Scotland’s own constitutional future is under question in the run up to the independence referendum and where this is increasing polarisation from Westminster on issues relating to human rights, welfare and social justice. The GHRN are keen to highlight and embed a focus on human rights in this debate.

The conference aims to bring a comparative perspective to the Scottish context by critically reflecting on the role a human rights discourse has played, and should play, in Scotland’s uncertain times, and by highlighting international experiences that might provide valuable lessons for Scotland. We welcome contributions from any disciplinary perspective, or an interdisciplinary perspective with a Scottish, other national, international or comparative focus.

Keynotes include:

Patrick Harvie, Leader of the Green Party and Member of the Scottish Parliament.

Dr. Alison Hosie, Head of Research at the Scottish Human Rights Commission

Further keynotes TBC

Proposals for panels and/or papers may use the following themes as starting points, but this is not an exclusive list:

Stream A: Human rights in Scotland: opportunities and areas for development

Stream B: Where are human rights in the independence debate?

Stream C: What happens to human rights in countries that become independent or devolved?

Stream D: Comparative perspectives on human rights in times of political and economic uncertainty

Stream E: Embedding human rights in domestic contexts (welcome contributions from any country)

Stream F: Reflections on how gender, sexuality, race, class, disability impact on the realisation of human rights

Submission requirements and deadlines:

Abstracts for panel proposals to be submitted for consideration by 24th February 2014

Panels should comprise 3 speakers and a chair/discussant and proposals should include the panel title, list of speakers/chair, short biographies (no more than 100 words) for each speaker; and include abstracts of no more than 250 words for all papers.

Abstracts for individual papers of no more than 250 words should also be submitted by 24th February 2014 to

Authors of panels and papers selected for inclusion will be notified in early March 2014

Conference Attendance Costs

The cost includes refreshments, lunch, access to the full programme of papers, wifi and invitation to the conference social event (29th May 6-8pm).

Thurs 29th & Fri 30th May                           £150

Thurs 29th OR Fri 30th May                        £85

Thurs 29th & Fri 30th May (student rate)      £75

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