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Human Rights, Violence and Dictatorship - 6th International Interdisciplinary Conference (Online Conference)

Organization: InMind Support
Event: Online Conference
Categories: Postcolonial, Hispanic & Latino, Interdisciplinary, Popular Culture, Gender & Sexuality, Women's Studies, World Literatures, Aesthetics, Anthropology/Sociology, Classical Studies, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Film, TV, & Media, Food Studies, History, Philosophy, African & African Diasporas, Asian & Asian Diasporas, Australian Literature, Canadian Literature, Caribbean & Caribbean Diasporas, Indian Subcontinent, Eastern European, Mediterranean, Middle East, Native American, Scandinavian, Pacific Literature, Miscellaneous
Event Date: 2023-10-12 to 2023-10-13 Abstract Due: 2023-09-28

Conference Online: 12-13 October 2023


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 , the third edition in 2020 and the fourth one in 2021.  We hosted over 140 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 28 September 2023 to:  inconferenceoffice@gmail.com



Conference Office