The 2019 Social Practice of Human Rights Conference

Going Against the Grain  

OpenGlobalRights has teamed up with the University of Dayton Human Rights Center to feature its biennial conference, the Social Practice of Human Rights (SPHR), which serves as a platform to bridge the divide between scholars and practitioners and enable critical reflection on human rights research on and for advocacy.

In October 2019, SPHR will conveneto address high-risk threats that present themselves with unprecedented urgency. It will be our task to reinvigorate collaborative efforts with hope and vigor, building sustainable movements and disruptive methods even when it means, to quote Pope Francis, “going against the grain.”

Featured speakers at the conference will include Anand Giridharadas, author of the New York Times best seller Winners Take All.

We welcome submissions on topics that address these themes and their intersections, including but not limited to:

  • Eco-economic transformation: emphasis on intersectional inequality, redistributive models, corporate accountability, and environmental sustainability and climate justice.

  • Technological transformation: the implications and promise of artificial intelligence (AI), autonomous systems, technology-based innovation, and the role of digital freedom.  Social transformation and movements – new forms of civic engagement, the intersection of theater, art, and cultural expressions of human rights with advocacy, and the inclusion, protection, and resourcing  of social movements, activists, and advocates.

  • Social and political transformation: the power of social movements; civic and feminist mobilization; the role of  theater, art, and cultural expressions of human rights; and the inclusion, protection, and resourcing  of social movements, activists, and advocates. 

 


The Call for Papers can be found here.

Please submit an abstract by April 15, 2019 through, here.

SPHR19 will take place October 1-4, 2019, at the University of Dayton, Ohio.

Each day includes a plenary, a keynote address, a mix of research sessions, and a forward-thinking workshop led by JustLabs and OpenGlobalRights.

Get Social @udhumanrights #SPHR19

Contact us at hrc@udayton.edu OR info@openglobalrights.org


The University of Dayton is the university for the common good: As a Catholic, Marianist research university, the University of Dayton has long been a center of programming, dialogue and education on social justice and human rights. Founded in 2013, the Human Rights Center expands the University’s mission to integrate both the theoretical and practical approaches to learning and unite with other institutions, groups and individuals working to realize the common good both locally and globally.

For more information about the Human Rights Center or the conference, visit go.udayton.edu/hrc  

 

 

Below are videos and articles published by SPHR 2017 presenters to grow conversations.

VIDEOS

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SPHR17 Opening Remarks: Tony Talbott, HRC and William Dobson, NPR

SPHR17 Concluding Plenary: OpenGlobalRights

SPHR17 Plenary: Modern-day Slavery Advocacy in a Globalization of Indifference

SPHR17: Transitional Justice and Peace in Colombia: A Victim’s View - Nadiezhda Henriquez

SPHR17 Plenary: Peace Advocacy in a Globalization of Indifference

SPHR17: Migrants Under Attack in the US & the Roadmap towards Human Rights - Marilena Hincapie

SPHR17 Plenary: Forced Migration Advocacy in a Globalization of Indifference

 

ARTICLES

 
 
 

Learning and unlearning the alchemy of human rights education

March 22, 2018
By: Shayna Plaut
Español | Français | العربية | Deutsch

As human rights educators, fostering more effective learning and advocacy ...

Fighting for indigenous rights in the Trump era

March 15, 2018
By: Tereza M. Szeghi
Español

American Indians are actively resisting Trump’s efforts and working to ...

Reframing sexual harassment as gender-based violence: the value of a rights framework

March 8, 2018
By: Sarah Dávila-Ruhaak
Français | Español

When sexual harassment is reframed as gender-based violence and a human ...

Building up vs. trickling down: human rights in Southern Africa

November 16, 2017
By: Kristi Heather Kenyon
Español | Setswana | Zulu

Do we achieve human rights by enacting UN-sanctioned treaties at the legislative ...

Human Rights “Light”: using rhetoric to unite disparate disciplines

November 8, 2017
By: Tony Talbott
العربية | Español | Français

The use of superficial human rights rhetoric across varied issue areas ...

Research offers tough love to improve human rights practices

September 20, 2017
By: Joel R. Pruce
Français | العربية | Español

In human rights work, practicing the same habits does not guarantee improvement ...

Tailoring the message: How the political left and right think differently about human rights

August 10, 2017
By: Joe Braun & Stephen Arves

Effectively motivating people to care about human rights depends largely ...

Why engaging with perpetrators isn’t possible in Iran (yet)

April 19, 2017
By: Mahmood Monshipouri
فارسی

Engagement with Iranian human rights perpetrators might help someday, ...

Scientists and engineers as partners in protecting human rights

August 1, 2016
By: Theresa Harris
Español

Growing interest in pro bono service among scientists and engineers is ...