The system of human rights is one of the greatest achievements of humanity attained through struggles. The concept is generally employed to express the body of legal norms, which provides legitimacy and authority for individual human being to claim certain rights against other individuals and organisations, regardless of religion, language, gender and ethnic origin. In this sense however, contribution of religions to the formation and progress of human rights system cannot be ignored.
There is an ongoing debate about the contributions of cultures, philosophical background, influences of religions on the formation of the notion of human rights. In this context contribution and influence of religions and cultures on the formation of the concept of human rights is discussed in various platforms.
Nevertheless, there are challenges against the claims of universality of human rights. The discussions on the global or local character of human rights seem to be mainly originating from cultural differences, which are to a certain extent sustained by religious values.
The problem of conformity of religious values with universal standards of human rights is an actual topic of discussion with many ramifications.
This potential tension between religion and human rights lays the ground for an academic platform to discuss the relations between them.
Bearing above-mentioned considerations in mind, Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Faculty of Theology organises a symposium on the occasion of 60th anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
We encourage scholars from related fields to send their proposals in the area of the symposium.
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Deadline for submission of abstracts: 22 September 2008
Confirmation of accepted abstracts: 07 October 2008
Closing date for submission of papers: 07 November 2008
Symposium: 28 – 30 November 2008
Notes for participants:
1. Papers can be delivered in Turkish, English and Arabic.
2. Abstracts and papers should be sent electronically to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org as Word e-mail attachments.
3. Please include an abstract of 200 - 300 words and a CV. The deadline for submissions is 22 September 2008.
4. Symposium fee is 150 YTL ($ 150), which covers accommodation and meals.
Assoc. Prof. Tevhit AYENGİN
Assist. Prof. Mahmut SALİHOĞLU
+90 – 286 – 218 0018 / 1454
Assist. Prof. Nimetullah AKIN
Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University
Faculty of Theology
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