2010 Conference of the HDCA

Apr 25, 2010 Oct 01, 2010

2010 Conference of the HDCA
Conference Title: “Human Rights and Human Development”
September 21-23, 2010
The University of Jordan – Amman

Conference theme: Integrating Human Rights and Human Development
Increasingly the relationship between human rights and human development is becoming a focus for researchers and practitioners alike. The integration of the two concepts could be a stimulus for scholars as it carries methodological, substantive and policy implications. Additionally, the link between the human rights and the capability approach to human development can be regarded as rich area for further analysis. It may also act as a catalyst for future research which could deepen the understanding of the scope and importance of the capability approach.
How can human rights be incorporated into the theoretical and empirical study of human development and economic analysis? Which elements need to be incorporated in such a framework? Would human rights-based criteria add value to existing development research and economic analysis? How can groups specify which institutions are responsible for rights fulfilment and what is the nature of their obligations to fulfil these rights? These are some of the questions that will be explored at the 2010 conference.

Aims of the conference and program
The conference aims to promote high quality academic research, and original policy and practice. In addition to papers on the conference theme, the conference welcomes papers on core HDCA topics. The 2010 HDCA conference will bring together researchers from all over the world and from different disciplines.

Conference Topics
We are seeking high quality research papers addressing the conference theme which includes, inter alia, issues such as human rights and sustainable human development; economic transformations, economic policy and human rights; citizenship and civil society; gender, race and other factors of discrimination; values, religion, culture and freedom; human rights and human development in Arab Countries and culture; globalization and human rights. We also welcome outstanding research papers on core HDCA topics such as the philosophical and ethical foundations of the capability approach, capability measurement and empirical analysis, poverty and inequality analysis and measurement, education, health and disability, gender, participation, environment, indigenous people, children, and so on. Additionally, if you are engaged in important research related to the capability or the human development approach with respect to another topic please submit it.
While the papers may come from any discipline and may be theoretical, applied, or policy-based, every paper must fundamentally engage with, apply, extend, or criticize the capability approach and the human development paradigm.

Conference Structure This year our conference seeks to increase the academic quality of our debate; to that end, the selection of full papers will be even more competitive than usual. We will have a few papers which are already developed to a high standard in ‘senior sessions’. We will also have a stream of working sessions. There will also be plenary sessions, panels and mentoring activities.

The Conference Language will be in English and interpretation into Arabic will be made available

Plenary sessions: organized by the HDCA, will include this year the Presidential Address of Prof. Kaushik Basu (Cornell University). Keynote speakers will include Martha Nussbaum (University of Chicago), among others to be announced. Senior paper Sessions: each session will include a maximum of three full academic papers so to allow enough time for discussion. The paper sessions will be chaired by HDCA Fellows or senior scholars who will contribute in the selection and evaluation of the proposals submitted.

Working Sessions: The aim of these new working sessions is to provide an opportunity to researchers, students and practitioners to present the essence of their own research or fieldwork, even when the work is still in progress or refers to a very specific topic. Proposals for the working paper sessions wi be selected on the basis of the relevance and contribution to the themes of the conference.

Mentor Sessions: PhD students who have work in progress pertaining to the theme of the conference or want to present and discuss their PhD outline will have the opportunity to get feedback from subject matter experts including HDCA fellows.

Panel Sessions: The panel sessions consists of four papers including the moderator that may be presented in one thematic session. Note that the standards for evaluating panels will the same as ‘senior paper’ sessions – The panel will be refereed individually and if all papers submitted are not evaluated favourably, then papers will be regarded as individual papers and may be allocated for other sessions.

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