HUMAN RIGHTS- 2021 - HUMAN RIGHTS, VIOLENCE AND DICTATORSHIP-4th International Interdisciplinary Conference (online) edit

final submission deadline:2021.10.25
Geographical:Gdansk, Poland
Call For Papers

In the time when human rights are violated on a regular basis, violence triumphs, and feeble democracies ever more often back down before authoritarian rule, there obviously arises the need to reflect on the possible ways of counteracting such phenomena. Our interdisciplinary conference is intended as a fitting opportunity for this reflection. We would like to look at various manifestations of dictatorship, violence and human rights violation, whether historical or current. We will describe them in political, social, psychological, cultural and many other terms. We also want to devote considerable attention to how the situation of human rights and dictatorship is represented in artistic practices: in literature, film, theatre or visual arts.

Our first conference on human rights, violence and dictatorship took place in December 2015. The second edition was held in June 2018 and the third one in 2020. We hosted over 80 scholars representing universities and research institutions from all over the world.

We invite researchers representing various academic disciplines: history, politics, psychology, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, literary studies, theatre studies, film studies, fine arts, design, memory studies, migration studies, consciousness studies, dream studies, gender studies, postcolonial studies, medical sciences, psychiatry, psychoanalysis, cognitive sciences, economics, law and other.

Different forms of presentations are encouraged, including case studies, theoretical investigations, problem-oriented arguments, and comparative analyses.

We will be happy to hear from both experienced scholars and young academics at the start of their careers: doctoral students. We also invite all persons interested in participating in the conference as listeners, without giving a presentation.

We hope that due to its interdisciplinary nature, the conference will bring many interesting observations on and discussions about the role of human rights and dictatorship in the past and in the present-day world.

Our repertoire of suggested topics includes but is not restricted to:

I. Societies






Ethnic cleansings

Religious dictatorships

The Holocaust



II. Individuals

Domestic violence


Bullying in school

Bullying in the army

Sexual abuse


Symbolic violence

Economic discrimination


III. Defense of Human Rights

Human rights organizations

Humanitarian missions

Resistance movement

The ethos of a freedom fighter

Conspiracies, protests, revolts

Racial equality

Performative race

Women's rights

Sexual minority rights

Disability rights

Human rights and animal rights

IV. Fallen Dictatorships

Democracy in transition

Post-communist countries


The revenge of the oppressed

Criminal courts/ courts of justice

Escape from freedom

Nostalgia for the regime

Dictator's psychological portrait

V. Violence and Subjectivity

Politics of trauma

Fear, despair and utopia

Violence and language

Dictatorship as a social symptom

Dictatorship, remembrance and forgetfulness

VI. Violence in the (Post)Modern World

Cultural conditioning of violence

Dictatorship of the young

Dictatorship of the old

Dictatorship and conformism

The regime of political correctness

Democracy and the dictatorship of the majority

Democracy and liberalism

Human rights and the free market

Violence in the media

VII. Literature and the Arts

Literature and art about human rights violation

Literature and art about violence

Literature and art engaged in human rights defense

Literature and art violating human rights

Please submit abstracts (no longer than 300 words) of your proposed 20-minute presentation, together with a short biographical note, by 25 October 2021 to: inconferenceoffice

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