Call for Papers


The City College of New York, CUNY, invites submissions for its
Third Critical Perspectives on Human Rights Conference
April 17-19, 2024

The Conference aims to explore the contested legacy of human rights in increasingly uncertain times. It seeks to foster dialogue and scholarship from a wide range of perspectives. Conference organizers invite papers from scholars and activists who continue to view the human rights project as a moral and ethical challenge to power as well as from those who see it as an enabler of political and economic domination. The Third Critical Perspectives on Human Rights Conference welcomes proposals that reassess the origins, foundations, and contemporary forms of human rights discourse, ideas, and practice today. 

Proposals within these thematic areas will receive priority consideration:
Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Human Rights
Politics and Ethics of Human Rights Practice
Critical Theory and Human Rights
The Future(s) of Human Rights
Ableism, Disability, and Human Rights 
Basic Needs, Socioeconomic Inequalities, and Human Rights
Changing Forms of Warfare and the Challenge to Human Rights
Education and Human Rights
Environment, Climate, and Human Rights
Gender, Sexuality, and Human Rights
Health and Human Rights
Labor and Human Rights
Media and Human Rights in the Digital Age
Migration and Human Rights
Race/Racism, Ethnicity, and Human Rights



Individual paper proposals should include a title, an abstract of no more than 300 words, and a one-page CV. These should be submitted through the conference website no later than December 31, 2023.  


Panel proposals should include a title, a panel abstract of no more than 500 words, three to four paper abstracts of no more than 300 words each, and a one-page CVfor each participant, including the panel chair and/or commentator. These should be submitted through the conference website no later than December 31, 2023.  Panels presentation length should be 90 minutes in length.

Presentations: Panels will be 90 minutes in length, and papers should be no more than 20 minutes each.


  • Regular Attendees:
    • Regular Registration: $150.00
    • Early Bird Registration (before January 31, 2024): $125.00
  • Students:
    • Regular Registration: $75.00
    • Early Bird Registration (before January 31, 2024): $60.00
  • CUNY Participants (Faculty, Staff, and Students):
    • The registration fee is waived.

Division of Interdisciplinary Studies
at the Center for Worker Education
CCNY Downtown
25 Broadway, 7th Floor
New York City, NY 10004 | @ccnycwe

*This is an in-person conference. Under special circumstances, approval may be given for individual or full panel presentations to be delivered via Zoom upon request.

Last Updated: 10/26/2023 14:45