Call for Papers

Organized by the Southeast Asian Human Rights Studies Network and the Center for Human Rights Studies and Social Development (CHRSD), Mahidol University, Thailand

Dates: 14-15 October 2010 Venue: Bangkok, Thailand Website:
Human rights in Southeast Asia are at a critical juncture. There are a number of positive developments in the promotion and protection of human rights, such as, the institutionalization of the ASEAN Inter-governmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR), formation of national human rights commissions or institutions and the development of a dynamic human rights discourse within the region. These occur, however, alongside a significant amount of human rights violations in a wide variety of area. There is still much work to do in the promotion and protection of human rights of ASEAN peoples. The First International Conference on Human Rights in Southeast Asia intends to bring together academics, researchers, graduate and post-graduate students, civil society organizations and government agency representatives who work on the research and greater understanding of human rights in Southeast Asia. It seeks to explore the ways researchers and civil society have begun to make more critical contributions to deepening the understanding of human rights-based framework and actual issues through in-depth engagement with localized sites within the Southeast Asian region. Likewise, as human rights is an emerging area of study at universities and academic institutes in Southeast Asia, the conference also aims to provide a venue for the increasing body of research work being done by academics and graduate students on Southeast Asian human rights. POSSIBLE PANEL THEMES 1. Universality and particularity of human rights 2. Individual and collective rights 3. Gender, sexuality and women’s rights 4. Rights of vulnerable and marginalized groups 5. Peace, conflict, security and human rights 6. Challenges to human rights in Southeast Asia 7. Media, advocacy and popularization of human rights PAPER SUBMISSION DETAILS Those who wish to present a paper at the conference are invited to submit an abstract of 300350 words and a short biographical paragraph of 150 words in English by 30 June 2010 to Mrs. Saksinee Emasiri Thanakulmas (Ying) at Please indicate to which proposed panel you think your paper would best fall under. The full paper should be about 5,000-6,000 words. Successful applicants will be notified by 15 July 2010. Full papers are due on 30 September 2010.

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