Ghent University will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with an international and inter-/transdisciplinary conference: ‘The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 75: Rethinking and Constructing its Future Together’, from 6 to 8 December 2023.

The call for contributions is now open. The deadline for submissions is 16 April 2023.

The conference is an initiative of the Human Rights Research Network (HRRN), which brings together researchers at Ghent University working on human rights in different disciplines.

The conference will put special emphasis on stepping out of our comfort or habitual zones and creating spaces for debating and learning from different perspectives. Contributions are welcome from scholars, students, practitioners, policymakers and artists who cross or are willing to cross boundaries and build bridges between academic disciplines, theory and practice, and political action and artistic engagement.

Proposals can be submitted in several formats, ranging from papers and panels to walking sessions, student sessions and artistic expressions.

In particular (but not exclusively), proposals in relation to the following conference themes are welcome:

  • Climate Justice
  • Decolonisation and Racial Justice
  • Realising the Right to Food
  • Digital Technologies and Human Rights
  • Migration and Human Rights
  • The Politics of Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights
  • Human Rights and Trade
  • Human Rights, Truth and Power
  • Human Rights Knowledge through Experience
  • Multi-layered Rights Protection in Europe
  • Human Rights and Accountability
  • Data, Methods and Methodology in Human Rights Research

More information about the conference themes, contribution formats and submission guidelines can be found on the conference website.

The following keynote speakers will take part in the conference:

  • Agnes Callamard, Secretary General of Amnesty International,
  • Marie Bénédicte Dembour, Professor of Law and Anthropology at Ghent University,
  • Olivier De Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights and Professor of Law at the University of Louvain, and
  • Craig Santos Perez, Poet and Professor in the English Department at the University of Hawai’I, Mãnoa.