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Saturday, April 6, 2013

An African Spring? Human Rights and Security in Africa in Times of Change (Call for Papers)

Graz will host a workshop in June on
human  rights and human security in
 Africa (the image shows an  architecturally
interesting window ('nozzle') in the
Graz Museum of Modern Art
('Kunsthaus') (c) Kettemann 2012)

On 10-11 June 2013 the University of Graz will host the 6th Graz Workshop on the Future of Security, a series of annual workshops I co-founded six years ago, dedicated to new security challenges and internantional reponses to insecurity, focusing on the individual. 

Human security has been a focus of my research for some time. At the Institute of International Law and International Relations, I help run the Human Security Focus Group

The workshop takes on the important task of analyzing whether the political dynamic of the Arab Spring can be scaled up.  
Please find below the call for papers. The deadline for contributions has been extended to 12 April 2013. The organizational committee welcomes your submission. 

6th Graz Workshop on the Future of Security
An African Spring? Human Rights and Security in Africa in Times of Change
10-11 June 2013 | University of Graz, Austria

The Institute of International Law and International Relations of the University of Graz, Austria, the European Training and Research Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (ETC) Graz, and their Human Security Focus Group, in cooperation with the Austrian National Defence Academy invite contributions to the 6th Graz Workshop on the Future of Security on 10-11 June 2013, dedicated to the topic: ‘An African Spring? Human Rights and Security in Africa in Times of Change’.

The sixth workshop in a series of academic events devoted to furthering our understanding of
today’s and tomorrow’s security challenges is meant to bring together both emerging and
established researchers at the pre- and postdoctoral level active in the field of human rights and security studies to exchange views on contemporary challenges facing the African continent. The interdisciplinary workshop is dedicated to studying the consequences of the tremendous political shifts that occurred during the revolutionary changes in African countries over the last two years, their reasons and their implications for international, regional and human security.

Presentations could evaluate, for example, the impacts of the Northern Africa uprisings for peace and security in the region and abroad, the human rights situation during and after the revolutions, as well as the role of the international community and international organizations. Analyses of the events in light of international law and African normative instruments and the role of civil society and networks as agents of social change are also most welcome.
The presentations are selected on the basis of academic merit and may be submitted independently or under one or more of the following streams: Stream 1: Security Studies; Stream 2: Human Rights; Stream 3: International Law and International Politics; Stream 4: Social Sciences; Stream 5: Interdisciplinary Approaches.
Submissions of no more than 300 words describing your presentation should be sent together with a short bio no later than 12 April 2013 to future.security@uni-graz.at. Decisions of acceptance will be notified by 20 April 2013. A camera-ready version of the paper is due on 15 May 2013. Selected excellent contributions will be published in a special edition of the peer-reviewed journal Human Security Perspectives.

Organizing Committee:
Wolfgang Benedek | Vanda A. Dias | Lisa M. Heschl | Matthias C. Kettemann
Reinmar Nindler | Kalkidan N. Obse | Stefan Salomon

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