Conference: Intersections of Law and Culture: Human Rights. Second International Cross-Disciplinary Conference.

Hosted by the Department of Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies, Franklin College Switzerland. September 23-25, 2011 in Lugano, Switzerland.

Keynote speakers 

Sidonie Smith

Martha Guernsey Colby Collegiate Professor of Women's Studies and English,

University of Michigan


Peter Rosenblum

Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein Clinical Professor in Human Rights,

Columbia University



Call for Papers

Intersections of Law and Culture aims to investigate law's place in culture

and culture's place in law. This focus proceeds from the twin premise that

law, itself a cultural form, reacts to and is shaped by the cultural context

in which it operates and that culture in turn is shaped by the regulative

forces of law. Moreover, the operations of law-its processes and

decisions-have entered the realm of popular culture, media and the arts as

plot devices and narratives used in sit-coms, films and pulp fiction. These

in turn have begun to change the way law operates. Together law and culture

help to determine the ways in which we inhabit both our local contexts and

the global stage.


The focus of this second Intersections of Law and Culture conference is on

human rights. What are the philosophical, literary and cultural points of

references for the management of human rights? How have current notions and

framings developed historically? What are the mechanisms by which cultural

narratives and popular representations of human rights find their way into

legal processes?  How does law in turn bleed into and influence cultural

practices and conceptions of human rights? What is the relationship between

international efforts and framings of human rights and their local



Clearly there are no simple, monolithic answers to these complex questions: a

dialogue concerning the effects of the interplay between law and other forms

of knowledge in the area of human rights can only proceed from a genuinely

interdisciplinary point of departure. We welcome papers and panels from all

cultural contexts and disciplinary perspectives, as well as from music and

the arts. We envision the groupings of the papers not so much as distinct

streams but as an interconnected matrix that acknowledges the overlap and

mutual influence of modes of knowledge. That said, we welcome contributions

that critically engage a number of core areas in the study human rights and

law including, but not limited to:


*                Narrative     

*                Migration 

*                Medicine 

*                Women's Rights  

*                Children's Rights 

*                Distribution of Natural Resources 

*                Relative and Absolute Poverty 

*                Education 

*                Housing 

*                Social Sustainability


We welcome single contributions (30 minutes), panel submissions (90 minutes,

up to 3 panelists) and workshop sessions (180 minutes, up to 6 participants).

Suggestions of ways to break with the traditional academic models for panels

and sessions in the visual and performing arts are warmly encouraged.


The registration fees are as follows:

*  participants with full institutional backing:SFr. 300;

*  participants with partial institutional backing:SFr. 250;

*  participants with no financial backing:SFr.  75


The fee includes a reception, 2 lunches, 4 coffee breaks and conference

documentation. The fee for the conference dinner (SFr. 75.-) is not included

in the registration fee.



Deadline for submission: March 31, 2011.

Submission site


Caroline Wiedmer;


Please include a short bio with each abstract.

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ENN is the European Narratology Network, an association of individual narratologists and narratological institutions. ENN aims to foster the study of narrative representation in literature, film, digital media, etc. across all European languages and cultures.