Theoria and Praxis: International Journal of Interdisciplinary Thought
Call for Submissions
Deadline: April 30, 2014
The Idea of Human Rights
Human rights have become a dominant political discourse in the 21st century. Its
impact has been felt across the globe and has become irretrievably bound up with
issues of development, social justice, racial and gender equality, and sexual
orientation. The purpose of this Theoria and Praxis issue is to ask a series of
questions meant to interrogate the very foundations of the notion of human
Topics open to participants include, but are not limited to, the following:
• What are the intellectual groundings of human rights?
• What is its connection to the history of liberalism and liberal democracy?
• Are human rights in contradiction with the economic, social and political
structures of society?
• What is the fate of human rights in the “developed world?”
• Can human rights provide a legal and philosophical framework for the
“development” of societies?
• Are human rights a problematic category? That is, do they distract and draw
attention away from the harsh realities of politics, economics and cultural
difference? Do they, in other words, reflect a dominating Western discourse?
Are they a continuation of an imperial project designed to surreptitiously
inculcate a set of hegemonic practices and institutional frameworks?
Contributors are also asked to think of human rights as open to a fundamental
philosophical and social scientific questioning. That is, are human rights
justified by and through human nature? Are they a remnant of a religious
worldview? Or do they represent, in light of the recent anniversary of UN
Charter of Human Rights, the advent of a new form of governance and politics
that is meant to deeply impact and change the nature of societies in the 21st
century and beyond?
Neither are submissions, by any means, to be confined to these questions alone.
In fact, we will gladly and seriously consider all papers that we receive.
Manuscripts shall be subject to a double-blind reading, ensuring the integrity
of the peer-review process. All submissions should be between 6,000 and 12,000
words, and include abstracts of no more than 200 words (in Microsoft Word file
We welcome those interested to please submit their papers and proposals, and all
relevant inquiries, to Theoria and Praxis at: email@example.com
Deadline: April 30, 2014
Theoria and Praxis is edited by Paul A. Brienza and Yasar Bukan. For further
information please visit http://theoriapraxis.yorku.ca