Human Rights, Literature, Film (ACLA, Toronto, April 4-7), Proposal Deadline: Nov. 15

full name / name of organization: 
Lena Khor, Lawrence University
contact email: 
lena.l.khor@lawrence.edu

The GPS of Human Rights: Globalization, Technology, and Cultural Production (ACLA, Toronto, April 4-7)

Using GPS as a technology and its metaphor as a reference point, this seminar intends to examine, broadly speaking, representations of human rights on a global map of humans beings (individuals and groups/organizations) as well as texts (literature, film, and other cultural productions).

In keeping with the main conference theme, this seminar invites papers from all regions and on all language cultures that triangulate and locate human rights in representations that redefine the human by interpolating it onto global networks. As forms of technology, how do GPS and other globalizing technologies impact the promotion, protection, and defense of human rights? What are the ethical considerations involved? Metaphorically, is human rights a kind of GPS, in that it inscribes individuals and groups within a global network, grounding them in particular kinds of identities and power that they would not have otherwise? Is the very concept of human rights a kind of GPS, in that it plots particular kinds of routes to justice, truth, and human development? What are the possibilities and limits of such a globally-encompassing, recognized and influential network, which comes complete with international, regional, and national systems, institutions, and organizations of human rights law, justice, and advocacy?

This seminar also welcomes papers that explore the relationships among human rights, globalization, and technological advances or innovations outside of the GPS framework (social media, film distribution, etc.)

Please submit paper proposals to the ACLA conference website http://www.acla.org/acla2013/propose-a-paper-or-seminar/ by Nov. 15 at midnight (Pacific Standard Time).

cfp categories: 
african-american
american
childrens_literature
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
ecocriticism_and_environmental_studies
eighteenth_century
ethnicity_and_national_identity
film_and_television
gender_studies_and_sexuality
general_announcements
humanities_computing_and_the_internet
interdisciplinary
international_conferences
medieval
modernist studies
poetry
popular_culture
postcolonial
religion
renaissance
rhetoric_and_composition
romantic
science_and_culture
theatre
theory
travel_writing
twentieth_century_and_beyond
victorian