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APSA accepted proposals for the 2011 Annual Meeting from September 15-December 15, 2010.

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The Politics of Rights

Program Co-chairs: Frances Hagopian, Harvard University and Bonnie Honig, Northwestern University


The 2011 APSA Annual Meeting Program Chairs Frances Hagopian and Bonnie Honig offer the following theme:

Jeremy Bentham called them “nonsense upon stilts” but at the beginning of the twenty-first century, the discourse of rights has never been more pronounced or contested. Around the globe, people mobilize--and in courts, lawyers argue--on behalf of human, civil, political, ethnic minority, aboriginal, women’s, gay, alien, children’s, transgender, corporate, (sub)national, environmental, and animal rights. Some of these are established rights that advocates seek to expand for those previously excluded from their ambit. Others are new rights. At the same time, the abrogation of such rights as habeas corpus and the use of so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques” by governments in established as well as new democracies in the decade since September 11 have engendered new alliances of progressives and rule of law liberals to defend the restoration and refurbishment of rights. Movements to expand, create, defend, and entrench rights into national and international law generate counter-claims, put rights under pressure and, some argue, problematically privilege courts, legal and centralized national institutions over other more democratic or popular mechanisms of policy formation and self-governance. We propose that the discipline bring its empirical and normative lenses to reflect on the domestic, comparative, and international dimensions of the complex politics of rights....

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Participation Rules

Submission Guidelines

Division Calls for Proposals 

Submission Deadline: December 15, 2010

Notification: early March 2011


APSA related groups also sponsor panels and roundtables at the Annual Meeting. For the 2011 meeting, submissions to the related groups will follow the same submission timeline as the divisions and will use the same online submission system.

Related Groups Calls for Proposals

Submission Deadline: December 15, 2010

Notification: early March 2011

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