[URBANTH-L] CFP: A Single Struggle: The Global Convergence of Civil and Human Rights

Angela Jancius jancius at ohio.edu
Sun Nov 18 10:37:36 EST 2007

From: "Sylvea Hollis" <shollis at bcri.org>

Call for Papers

A Single Struggle: The Global Convergence of Civil and Human Rights

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
Birmingham, Alabama, May 1-2, 2008

The global convergence of civil and human rights will be the focus of
a two-day conference sponsored by the Birmingham Civil Rights
Institute.   The American Civil Rights Movement's successful
implementation of non-violent direct action has both influenced and
been influenced by struggles for human rights in countries around the
world. We invite you to participate in our conference, A Single
Struggle: The Global Convergence of Civil and Human Rights, in
Birmingham, Alabama, May 1-2, 2008.

Over the course of the 20th century, many individuals and groups have
achieved profound social changes in the name of human rights.
National liberation movements drove out colonial powers; labor unions
established the right to organize; women succeeded in gaining the
vote.  In the United States, African Americans sought and achieved
relief from oppression in many of its various forms.

While these accomplishments are the results of struggles for the
protection of humans, civil and human rights have evolved as distinct
privileges accorded to the world's people.  Many scholars consider
civil rights to be those liberties bestowed by nations on citizens
within their territorial borders, while human rights are rights
individuals possess by virtue of membership in the human race. "A
Single Struggle" will examine those societal attributes that have
evolved into the accepted differences separating civil rights from
human rights.  Invited scholars will address these and other issues
relating to the similarities among human struggles in the
international arena.

Please submit a 1-2 page abstract and curriculum vita to Dr. Horace
Huntley at  <mailto:hhuntley at bcri.org> hhuntley at bcri.org  by December
15, 2007.  Papers should be no more than twenty minutes in length.
You can expect a response to your submission no later than January 15,

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