Please see below for details on a Call for Papers for the BSA Annual
Conference to be held at LSE in April 2011.
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Dr. Patricia Hynes
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*British Sociological Association Annual Conference 2011*
6 – 8 April 2011
Venue: London School of Economics
'Law, Crime and Rights' Stream
CALL FOR PAPERS
The ‘Law, Crime and Rights’ Stream is a new conference stream which
provides space for exploring sociological perspectives on law, crime and
rights from both theoretical and empirical perspectives. In addition to
special sessions, the stream will also run open panels on subjects
related to Law, Crime and Rights.
The Sociology of Rights/Human Rights section of the ‘Law Crime and
Rights Stream’ at the BSA Annual Conference will be running special
sessions on the following three sub-themes.
Abstracts Submissions for consideration in the Stream should be made via
the BSA website on http://www.britsoc.co.uk/events/conference/abs.htm.
The Deadline for submissions is 15th October 2010.
Special Session 1
The Sociology of Rights and Human Rights
Convened by Dr. Michele Lamb/the BSA Sociology of Rights Study Group
Rights is one of the most challenging ideas confronting sociology, with
Human Rights having become the most pervasive universalist discourse
circulating globally. For the first time the BSA Conference 2011 at LSE
is focussing on Rights within a new ‘Law, Crime and Rights’ stream.
This call for papers from convenors of the BSA Sociology of Rights Study
Group - Michele Lamb (Roehampton University), Patricia Hynes (NSPCC),
Damien Short (Institute for Commonwealth Studies) and Matthew Waites
(University of Glasgow) - seeks sociological contributions that address
rights, including human rights and citizenship rights. We are
particularly seeking contributions which take up the challenge of
developing critical analyses of rights discourses and practices in
We call especially for papers which:
• address the gulf between the human rights asserted in international
conventions and the denials and violences existing in individual or
• emphasise the importance of analysing human rights practices in
specific local settings.
• offer sustained analysis of the distinctive contribution that
sociology can make to the study of rights and human rights,
• engage with classical and contemporary social theory relevant to
rights and human rights, including that concerning the relationship
between normative and sociological discourses
• address methodologies for research on human rights.
• address the relationship of human rights practitioners and activists
to research in sociology.
• Focus on rights in domestic, regional and international perspective.
• address a broad range of themes including (but not limited to)
asylum-seeking and refugees, genocide, conflict, post-conflict societal
reconstructions, sociology and human rights education in an
interdisciplinary teaching environment
We will be co-hosting a sub-plenary panel ’60 Years of Human Rights’, in
collaboration with the LSE’s Centre for the Study of Human Rights, with
speakers including Professors Lydia Morris (Essex) and Chetan Bhatt
(LSE). We are further calling for contributions to specific panels
within the sub-stream on several themes, details of which are available
separately. The Convenors of the BSA Sociology of Rights Study Group
have recently been chosen to edit the 2012 Special Issue of the BSA’s
journal Sociology, and contributors to the stream will be encouraged to
submit papers to be considered for publication (without preference).
If you would like your abstract to be included in this sub-stream, it is
*essential* to write ‘sociology of rights/human rights’ clearly at the
top of your abstract; conference organisers have requested this to
enable abstracts to be organised into a sub-stream.
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Special Session 2
Analysing Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
Struggles worldwide over sexual orientation and gender identity are
increasingly framed in relation to human rights, and have become central
to wider disputes over the legitimacy and extension of human rights more
generally. This session will seek to press forward sociological analysis
of these developments, previously explored by various authors in
collections such as The Global Politics of LGBT Human Rights (special
issue of Contemporary Politics, Vol.15, no.1, March 2009, edited by
Kelly Kollman and Matthew Waites). Of particular interest are papers
which engage with the problematisations of sexual orientation and gender
identity in sociological and queer theorisations of sexuality and
gender; and papers which engage with theorisations of
racialisation/raciality, post-colonial theories and/or the sociology of
religion, and intersectionality/multiple inequality theories. Papers
are also particularly welcome which comment on the relationship of human
rights to Jasbir Puar’s concept homonationalism (cf. J. Puar 2007
Terrorist Assemblages: homonationalism in queer times, Durham: Duke
University Press), and/or to recent debates over cosmopolitanism.
However any innovative work on non-heteronormative experiences,
practices and/or discourses in relation to sexuality, gender and human
rights is welcome. Multiple panels will be organised if sufficient
papers are submitted, and a special issue of a journal might be edited
if there is interest from participants.
For information or to discuss, contact: Matthew Waites on
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Special Session 3
60 Years of the 1951 Refugee Convention: Sociological Perspectives on
Rights and International Solidarity Obligations
Refugees are human rights violations made visible. The 1951 United
Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and the 1967
Bellagio Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees provide the
international legal definition of a refugee across the globe. The
protection of refugees over the past 60 years has taken place in
parallel to increased attention to human rights and developments within
sociology as a discipline. This session seeks sociological analysis of
In particular, papers are welcome on persecution and exclusion;
violations of rights; international obligations and global ethical
perspectives; how climate change is remapping global social inequalities
and the impact on rights and entitlements for those forced to migrate;
the gulf between the promise of rights for refugees/people seeking
asylum and their meaning and enforcement; ethical contradictions
inherent in border controls; methods of deterrence; detention,
deportation and enforced destitution of refugees and people seeking
asylum; the use and consequences of lesser forms of legal status other
than ‘refugee’; and, the risks and benefits of documenting human rights
violations against refugees. Papers on the rights and forced migration
of children and young people are also of interest.
This session will examine the ongoing contribution of the discipline of
sociology in understandings of international solidarity obligations
towards refugees. Multiple panels will be organised if sufficient
papers are submitted, grouped around the above themes.
For further information or to discuss contact Patricia Hynes on
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