The Question of Rights-San Francisco State University Call for Papers

San Francisco State University is pleased to announce a call for papers and proposals: The Question of Rights. The conference will take place September 16-17, 2010 exploring the question and place of rights in history, politics, and society. Submission deadline: March 15, 2010.

The Question of Rights-San Francisco State University Call for Papers

San Francisco State University will host a conference September
16-17, 2010 exploring the question and place of rights in history,
politics, and society.

Rights, both individual and collective, have long been a theme in
American society, often seen in conflict with state power. We welcome
papers on assertions of rights by insurgent groups, resistance to
rights claims, and governmental efforts to suppress or promote
rights, in areas including but not limited to: civil liberties;
disability rights; labor and economic rights; feminism and
antiracism; immigration; environmental justice; access to healthcare;
the prison industrial complex; sexual orientation; the stateless; and
human rights.

Our goal is to bring together a wide variety of people from a range
of academic, activist, legal, and community spaces to examine the
place of rights within the context of American society (as situated
within a boarder global political community). To that end, we welcome
participation from historians, both senior and junior scholars,
graduate students, community advocates, archivists, and lawyers. We
invite proposals for individual papers, panels, or roundtables.

The deadline for submission of proposals, consisting of an abstract
of 1000 words for panel and workshop proposals or 300 words for
individual presentations and a one-page CV for each participant, is
March 15, 2010. Send your proposals to Christopher Waldrep,
Department of History, San Francisco State University, San Francisco,
California 94132 or via email to cwaldrep@sfsu.edu.

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