[URBANTH-L]CFP: Globalization and Human Rights in the Developing World (Calgary, Canada)

Angela Jancius jancius3022 at comcast.net
Thu Oct 9 15:30:54 EDT 2008

CALL FOR PAPERS: Globalization and Human Rights in the Developing World

Globalization is one of the most distinguishing features of our age. 
Although economic, political and cultural exchanges have occurred throughout 
history, the degree of global interconnectedness today has surpassed 
anything known in previous eras. What globalization means for average 
people, however, is hotly debated. Some suggest that globalization is 
ushering in cosmopolitan forms of consciousness that will help humanity 
transcend its tendency toward parochialism and myopism. Some also believe 
globalization will foster economic growth and create employment. Others are 
less optimistic, arguing that globalization is worsening inequality, causing 
environmental degradation, giving rise to conflicts and wars, and benefiting 
corporations at the expense of the global poor, among other problems.
This conference will gather together scholars and others interested in the 
impact of globalization on human rights. On December 10, 1948, the United 
Nations issued the now famous Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), 
the first global expression of the rights which all human beings are 
entitled. Containing 30 articles, the UDHR declared that all people, 
regardless of nationality or background, have the right to freedom, 
equality, and overall wellbeing. Six decades have now passed since the 
Declaration was first made. To what extent has globalization hindered or 
made possible the realization of the objectives stated in 1948? This is the 
main question this conference will discuss in detail, focusing on and 
comparing the experiences of Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Conference organizers invite paper proposals on the following themes as they 
relate to globalization and human rights in the above three world regions 
(though other themes will be considered):

- transnational corporations
- social movements
- global governance
- democracy
- labour
- gender
- health and wellbeing
- education
- poverty and wealth
- refugees, displaced persons
- indigenous peoples
- food issues

Proposals should be between 150 to 200 words and include the paper's title 
and the author's name, affiliation, and contact information. A bio of 100 to 
125 words describing the author's background, accomplishments and research 
interests should also accompany the proposal. Both proposals and bios should 
be written using the templates provided at: 
http://asia-globalstudies.org/templates. Applications should then be 
submitted as email attachments to 
conferenceproposals at asia-globalstudies.org. Documents not using the 
templates or following the specified format will not be accepted. The 
deadline for proposals is December 14, 2008. Applicants will be notified of 
the status of their application by January 1, 2009.

Note: If you would like to receive regular updates for AAGS 2009 via email, 
please send a message to aags at asia-globalstudies.org with "Conference 
Mailing List" in the subject title.

Dr. D. M. Nault
Faculty of Communication
SS110, 2500 University Drive NW
University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta
T2N 1N4
Email: dmnault at ucalgary.ca

Visit the website at http://asia-globalstudies.org 

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