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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Rice University Faculty and Postdoctoral Fellowships on Human Trafficking


Rice University Faculty and Postdoctoral Fellowships on Human Trafficking

Rice University is accepting applications for year-long faculty fellowships to participate in the inaugural Rice Seminar "Human Trafficking - Past and Present: Crossing Boundaries, Crossing Disciplines." Seeking applicants from any rank (postdoc to senior) and all disciplines whose research interests intersect with the humanistic and scientific study of slavery and human trafficking from the Classical era to the present. Fellows will take part in a year-long academic think tank, leading to the publication of papers in an edited collection with a major university press. We offer $60,000 salary, benefits, and a research/relocation allowance. Deadline January 17, 2012; visit http://hrc.rice.edu/riceseminars for details and to apply.

Rice University Faculty and Postdoctoral Fellowships on Human Trafficking
Rice University is accepting applications for year-long faculty fellowships to participate in the inaugural Rice Seminar "Human Trafficking - Past and Present: Crossing Boundaries, Crossing Disciplines." Seeking applicants from any rank (postdoc to senior) and all disciplines whose research interests intersect with the humanistic and scientific study of slavery and human trafficking from the Classical era to the present. Fellows will take part in a year-long academic think tank, leading to the publication of papers in an edited collection with a major university press. We offer $60,000 salary, benefits, and a research/relocation allowance. Deadline January 17, 2012; visit http://hrc.rice.edu/riceseminars for details and to apply.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Winter Student Speaker Conference: Righting Human Wrongs

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on International Development is hosting their biannual student speaker series. The title is: "Righting Human Wrongs: the Value of Rights in International Development". The theme is defined broadly, seeking a diversity of theoretical and practical perspectives on any relevant issue, event, population, or geographic area.

At the conference, each selected student will give a 15-20 minute presentation based on his or her paper, followed by a brief Q&A. After all speakers have made their presentations, there will be a moderated panel session with all presenters and open discussion to tie together the ideas presented. The panel session will explore links between the student's presentations and the value of taking an interdisciplinary approach to this theme.


Interdisciplinary Perspectives on International Development is hosting their biannual student speaker series. The title is: "Righting Human Wrongs: the Value of Rights in International Development". The theme is defined broadly, seeking a diversity of theoretical and practical perspectives on any relevant issue, event, population, or geographic area.
At the conference, each selected student will give a 15-20 minute presentation based on his or her paper, followed by a brief Q&A. After all speakers have made their presentations, there will be a moderated panel session with all presenters and open discussion to tie together the ideas presented. The panel session will explore links between the student's presentations and the value of taking an interdisciplinary approach to this theme.
Presentations and Speakers:
"Stability through Services: Army Tactical PSYOP Perspectives on Operation Iraqi Freedom"
Eric Peffley, 1L student, Law School
"The Challenges of Human Rights Reporting in Transitional Countries"
Hindolo Pokawa, Ph.D. Candidate, Comparative International Development Education, Director of Sierra Leone Foundation for New Democracy
"Viewing Human Rights Functionalities in a Historical and Geopolitical Setting: Thick or Thin Vernacular?"
Emily Springer, Ph.D. Candidate, Sociology
"Promises to Keep and Miles to Go: The Situation of Child Rights in India"
Parul Sheth, Humphrey International Fellow
"Human Rights and Development in Conflict: The Case of Urabá, Colombia"
Brandon Wu, Master of Public Policy Candidate, Humphrey School
Moderator: Allison Zomer, Master of Development Practice, Humphrey School
Date: December 2, 2011
Time: 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm (food and refreshments provided)
Location: Walter Library Room 101

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Human Rights Graduate Student Colloquium

Each semester, the Human Rights Program holds at least one colloquium that focuses on students research. This semester's colloquium will take place on December 6th from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Room 260 of the Social Sciences Building. Two graduate minors in human rights will give presentations on their research:

Shannon Golden (Sociology) will discuss "After Atrocity: Community Reconstruction in Northern Uganda." After 25 years of civil war that displaced nearly the entire population from their homes, the people of northern Uganda have finally moved back to their home villages and are working to rebuild. Using data from 90 in-depth interviews, this study explores the process of social reconstruction in three resettled communities. Residents discuss their perceptions of relationships with neighbors, unity, interdependence, conflict resolution, and other issues that reveal a great amount of complexity in their efforts to make sense of their new lives at home.

Chris Strunk (Geography) will present on "Resisting Federal-Local Immigration Enforcement Partnerships: Redefining "Secure Communities" and Public Safety." Constructing undocumented immigrants as a security threat has allowed the government to justify extraordinary measures that have pushed immigration enforcement increasingly inward from the border. The Secure Communities program, which integrates federal criminal and immigration databases to identify and deport undocumented immigrants, represents only the latest attempt. Using the Washington DC metropolitan area as a case study, this paper shows how advocates and activists are challenging discourses that conflate undocumented immigrants with criminality while simultaneously articulating alternative understandings of community and public safety.

Dr. Lloyd Axworthy and the Responsibility to Protect

On Tuesday, November 22, Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, a former Canadian Minister of External Affairs, will speak about the Responsibility to Protect principle. Dr. Axworthy has served twice as President of the UN Security Council. He is know for his advocacy of an International Criminal Court and for his work on the abolition of land mines, for which he was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.

The event will take place in room 25 of Mondale Hall from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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The rights of States traditionally trumped the rights of people. But in 2005 the United Nations General Assembly unanimously approved a fundamentally new concept of what sovereignty meant, declaring that it not only gave States certain rights, but also entailed the responsibility of States to protect their own citizens.
Further, the new doctrine stipulated that when States failed to uphold this responsibility, the international community, acting through the UN, had not only a right, but an obligation, to act in the interest of endangered populations and could even use force to do so, though only as a last resort, when all other means of peaceful intervention had been exhausted.
Laudable though the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) doctrine appears, it must be admitted that the international resolve to apply it has been wanting on multiple occasions. Why this is so and what can be done about the problem will be addressed by Dr. Axworthy during the course of his presentation.