20 May 2008

FINAL CFP - Activating Human Rights and Peace (1-4 July 2008; Byron Bay, NSW) Deadline for abstracts: 31 May 2008

(see below for details)

Activating Human Rights and Peace

An International Conference
1-4 July 2008
Byron Bay Community and Cultural Centre
Byron Bay NSW, Australia

On the previous Activating Human Rights Conference in 2003:
Professor Monica McWilliams, University of Ulster, and Chief Commissioner for Human Rights in Northern Ireland says: The interdisciplinary nature of this conference was the best example I have seen anywhere in the world of a conference involving academics, media producers, community and political representatives and local activists.

Confirmed Keynotes 2008:

Justice Michael Kirby, High Court of Australia

Professor Michael Davis, Chinese University of Hong Kong
"Crisis in Tibet: Searching for a Workable Solution"

Associate Professor Christopher Newell, University of Tasmania
"Human Rights: Our Personal, Political and Professional Quest"

Dr Aruna Gopinath Head, Dept of Politics & International Relations, HELP University College, Malaysia
"Democracy and Human Rights in Southeast Asia: Rhetoric and Reality"

Professor Judy Atkinson, Gnibi the College of Indigenous Australian Peoples.
"Indigenous Rights / Indigenous Healing"

Dr Dede Oetomo, Airlangga University and Founder, Gaya Nusantara, Indonesia
"Activating LGBTI Rights in Indonesia: Reconstructing Our Understanding of Human Rights and Peace".
Mutassim Abu El Hawa, The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, Kibbutz Ketura, Israel
"Fighting over Borders in a Borderless Environment"

Ilana Meallem, The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, Kibbutz Ketura, Israel
"The Exposure of Bedouin Women to Waste Related Hazards: Gender, Toxins, and Multiple Marginality in the Negev (Israel)"

Professor Raj Kumar, City University of Hong Kong
"Natural Disasters and its Challenges for Human Rights, Democracy and Good

Professor Adrien Wing, University of Iowa Law School, USA
"Global Critical Race Feminism: Race, Gender, and human rights in the US elections"

Professor Kevin Clements, Australian Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies.

Professor Bee Chen Goh, School of Law and Justice, Southern Cross University.
"An International Peace Charter"

A highlight of this year's conference will also be a focus on human rights, peace and the environment, and human rights and education. Over 100 paper and workshop presentations.

There will be a special Book Launch by Professor Gerard Goggin of Activating Human Rights and Education: Innovation, Exploration and Transformation, a Human Rights Concert and Human Rights Film Festival, and a Special Women's Forum on "Perspectives on Peace".

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Send a 200 word abstract with 80 word bio to: Dr Rob Garbutt <rgarbutt@scu.edu.au>
Panel sessions still open on Sexuality, Interfaith, LGBTI rights, Human rights theory, media and new technology, Burma, and contexts of human rights.

Deadline: 31 May 2008.