Human Rights in the Aftermath considers the myriad of ways in which conflict creates a “catastrophic complex” of political, legal, social, institutional, and cultural relations. Relevant questions include, but are not limited to: How does our understanding of the scope of human rights evolve in the face of changing extra-sovereign conflict? What institutions develop out of post-conflict applications of human rights? How effective are these institutions in terms of prosecuting perpetrators and enforcing human rights? How should perpetrators of human rights abuses be punished? What debates arise when victims violate human rights in the aftermath of conflict? What are the impacts of international criminal courts and truth and reconciliation commissions on the evolution and understanding of human rights? What impact do post-conflict discourses about human rights have on commemoration and reconciliation strategies? The idea here is that it is in the aftermath of human rights violations that the cultural norms and institutions surrounding the protection of human rights are impacted.This symposium is intended to bring together human rights research and scholarship from a variety of fields, we invite graduate students from the diverse disciplines including History, English, Philosophy, Anthropology, Sociology, Law, Political Science, Environmental Justice, International Studies, American Studies, and Cultural Studies to submit abstracts.
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