CfP: Human Rights and Emergency Law in Independence Era Africa

Call for Papers from Meredith Terretta, University of Ottawa:

This proposed panel for the African Studies Association Conference, taking place from 20 to 23 November 2014 in Indianapolis, USA, takes up one of the conference themes: Histories and ethnographies of human rights, humanitarian intervention, and social movements. It explores the ways in which African activists from throughout the continent used human rights talk as political and legal expression before and after official independence. Conversely, it examines the ways in which colonial and/or postcolonial regimes used exceptional legislation (such as state of emergency, preventive detention, or anti-subversion laws) to circumvent human rights principles as they became applicable to African territories under European rule in the postwar era. Colleagues and advanced graduate students who have worked in the Migrated Archive (UK), in recently declassified files in other colonial holdings, in human rights NGOs records or in UN archives are especially invited to participate. Continue reading

CfP: Food Security and the Contemporary World

Call for papers for a special issue of Contemporanea. Rivista di storia dell’800 e del ’900

1127-3070

Food security is currently the focus of an international debate, which, in tackling the questions of malnutrition and starvation, also looks at global problems such as the North-South relationship, asymmetrical access to resources, and the world food system. Historians have contributed to this debate by generally identifying the years following the Second World War as the period in which contemporary policies took shape. This development may been seen by the United Nations’ decision to take up the question of food security and the creation of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), later accompanied by the World Food Programme (WFP 1961). From this perspective, the policies of the UN Agencies, intergovernmental agreements and negotiations between states have provided scholars with a key to interpreting the events of later decades within the context of the Cold War. Continue reading

News: International Workshop “Histories of Humanitarianism: Religious, Philanthrophic, and Political Practices in the Modernizing World”

Sonya Michel (University of Maryland, College Park) and Britta Waldschmidt-Nelson (German Historical Institute Washington) are organizing an international workshop concerning the topic “Histories of Humanitarianism. Religious, Philanthrophic, and Political Practices in the Modernizing World”.

The conference will take place at the University of Maryland, College Park, and at the German Historical Institute, Washington, D.C. from March 7th to March 8th 2014. The deadline for applications is September 15th 2013.

For the Call for Papers and detailed information see:

http://ghi-dc.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1379&Itemid=1197