Here, you can browse the research, field experiences and addresses given at the University of Dayton Human Rights Center's Social Practice of Human Rights conferences. Note: Most of the items in the collection are working papers or abstracts for papers that have not yet been published. For completed papers, contact the individual authors.

This biennial conference provides a unique space for scholars, practitioners and advocates to engage in collaboration, dialogue and critical analysis of human rights advocacy — locally and globally. Learn more about the Human Rights Center at the University of Dayton >>>.

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Papers from 2019

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Facing Human Rights: Theorizing out of the Experience of Suffering, Patrick Ahern

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Decolonizing Human Rights: Sovereignty. Disruption. Tactics., A. Kayum Ahmed

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Delinking the "Human" from Human Rights: Artificial Intelligence, Transhumanism and the Future of Human Rights, A. Kayum Ahmed

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International Surrogacy Arrangements: A Human Rights Case, Marisa Araújo

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Biafra and the Politics of Humanitarian Consumption, Chi-Chi Ayalogu

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The Right to Religious Freedom and its Political Significance: Catholic and Islamic Approaches, Matthew Bagot

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Wounds, Remembrance, Sutures: Performing Existence in Times of Gore Capitalism, Christina Baker

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Innovations in Corporate Accountability, Joanne Bauer, Paul Rissman, and Charity Ryerson

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Obstacles to Excellence: Academic Freedom and China's Quest for World-Class Universities, Chelsea Blackburn Cohen

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Pre-Service Teachers and Middle School Students: A Collaboration for Social Justice Art Education, R. Darden Bradshaw

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Partnering with Faith Communities: Challenges of Religious and Secular Literacy, Rob Brodrick, Kelly S. Johnson, Anwar Khan, Leocadie Lushombo, and Edith Tapia

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Grassroots Activism in Resolving Intractable Human Rights Problems: Theory and Case Studies from Ghana and Barcelona, Mette Brogden, Phyllis Taoua, Rashid Abubakar Iddrisu (Wari), Durado Brooks Jr, and Francis M. Abugbilla

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Rights in Small Places? Participation, Rights and Power in Northern Ireland, Nicola Browne

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Gender, Research, and Advocacy: What We’ve Learned and What Work Lies Ahead, Alexandra Cosima Budabin, Natalie Florea Hudson, Sinead McGrath, Jessica Pierson, Jamie Small, and Julie Arostegui LeMaster

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From Birmingham to Lima: Expanding Mobility for Persons with Disabilities, Shane Burns

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Critiquing and Constructing HRE in Higher Education, Sarita Cargas, Kristina R. Eberbach, Glenn Mitoma, Kristi Rudelius-Palmer, and Sandra Sirota

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On the Need for Human Rights to Constitute Structural Change: Lessons for Colombia from the Arab Spring’s Failures, Anthony Chase

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How Can Human Rights Activism Help Tackle Economic Inequality? Lessons from Mining Affected Communities in South Africa, Allison Corkery

Feminicides, Trans-Feminicides, and Violence from a Human Rights Perspective, Counterpart International, El Salvador

Violence, Migration, and Vulnerable Groups: A Critical and Intersectional Approach, Counterpart International, El Salvador

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The Campus Human Rights Index: Measuring University Commitment to Human Rights, Charles Crabtree, Volha Chykina, Kiyoteru Tsutsui, and Michelle Bellino

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Innovative Collaboration to Further Community Self-Determination, Matthew Currie and Amaha Sellassie

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The Human Right to a Healthy Environment: Pushing the Boundaries in the Inter-American System, Sarah Dávila-Ruhaak

Permaculture Gardening and Adaptation: What Works and What Doesn't When Trying to Apply a New Model of Food Security with New Methods in Rural Malawi, Morgan Day

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Addressing Mass Atrocity in Chile: Learning and Unlearning as a Function of Social Memory, Irving Epstein

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Engaging and Mobilizing Men to Promote Women's Human Rights, Rus Ervin Funk

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The Human Right to Science, Brian K. Gran, Anne Bryden, Mark Frezzo, and John Dale

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Human Rights, Environmental Justice, Social Justice, Faith Values and Ethics: Building Stronger Partnerships for the Common Good by Understanding the Differences, Theresa Harris, Leanne M. Jablonski, Sarah Fortner, and Malcolm Daniels

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Why Love Matters for Human Rights, Lena Khor

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Rehumanization among Veterans of the Yugoslav Wars: Rethinking Reconciliation and Post-Conflict Justice, Jordan N. Kiper

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Human Rights and Economic Democracy: Reinvigorating the Human Rights Movement, Curtis T. Kline

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Deep Fakes: Preserving Truth & Human Rights in an Era of Truth Decay, Virginia Kozemczak

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“Water Is a Human Right”: Exploring the Paradox of Framing Water as a Human Right in a Hostile Political Climate, Sabrina Kozikis

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Professional Resistance of Lawyers: Defending Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Hong Kong After Umbrella Movement, Yan-Ho Lai

Exploring Household Nutrition in Rural Chilumba; An Identifying Baseline Study of Childhood and Family Nutrition as It Relates to Gender and Family Structure, Rebecca LeBouef

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Power and Participation in Philanthropy: Human Rights as a Goal or a Process?, Katy Love, Diana Samarasan, and Allistair Mallillin

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The Impacts of Warming Coffee: The Climate Change-Coffee-Migration Nexus in the Northern Triangle of Central America, Connor Lynch

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Hate Music on Youtube: The Dark Side of Advancing Digital Freedom in Myanmar, Heather MacLachlan

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Does the Right to Equality Extend to Economic and Social Rights?, Gillian MacNaughton

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Fear and Resistance Far from the Border: Human Rights and Student Engagement in Immigrant and Refugee Communities in Dayton, Ohio, Theophile J. Majka and Miranda Cady Hallett

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Gender, Displacement and Urban Resilience, Sinéad McGrath

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Faking the News: Antiwar Activists, the Italo-Ethiopian War, and the Practice of Human Rights, Caroline Waldron Merithew

Exploring Sustainable Fish Farming as An Income Generating Activity: Creating Wealth and Protein Stability through Larger Scale Sustainable Production, Marigrace Moses

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The Strategies and Risks of Performing Citizenship And Rights Through Music, Carolin Mueller

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Memoria y Resistencia: Sharing UD experiences at the Encuentro to Close the School of the Americas, Mary Niebler and Christina Baker

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Human Rights Litigation and Anti-Sodomy Laws in Kenya and Botswana, Andrew Novak

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Counter-Diffusion: Does Russian Propaganda Wind Up in America?, Christopher F. Patane and Marc S. Polizzi

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Risking Rescue: The Politics of Precarity in Mediterranean Crossing, Eleanor Paynter

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Abortion as a Human Right in the United States: Exploring the Role of CEDAW Cities in Challenging the Hyde Amendment, Jessica Pierson

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Ethics and Methods of Human Rights Work: Exploring Both Theoretical and Practical Approaches, Shayna Plaut, Maritza Felices Luna, Christina Clark Kazak, Neil Bilotta, and Lara Rosenoff Gauvin

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Central America, Human Rights, and Displacement, Nelson Portillo, Nina Lakhani, Jeanne Rikkers, Amparo Marroquin Perducci, Miranda Cady Hallett, and Amelia Frank-Vitale

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Reclaiming Impact in the Age of Awareness-raising for Human Rights, Azadeh Pourzand and Ali Arab

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Ferguson to Geneva: Bringing an American Movement for Racial Justice to the World, Joel Pruce

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Human Rights and the Smart City, Tina Reuter

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Achieving Energy Justice in Low Income Communities: Creating a Community-Driven Program for Residential Energy Savings, Anya Galli Robertson, Kevin Hallinan, and Jennifer Hoody

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The Segregation of Religion: How Othering Influences Society’s Narrative Understanding about the Symbiotic Relationship among Racism, Sexism, and the Church, Ajanet Rountree

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Firing Queer Teachers from Catholic Schools: Ethical and Theological Considerations, Ish Ruiz

Analyzing Community Garden Initiatives and Techniques in the Chilumba Area; How Communities Take a Village Approach to Food Security and Nutrition, Matt Schubert

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Institutionalizing Rights: The Rise and Fall of the Human Rights Paradigm in Managing Migration, Todd Scribner

Male Fishing Culture: Constructs of Masculinity in Providing for Himself and His Family, Josh Segalewitz

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Modeling Resilience in Resettled Syrian Refugees with Disabilities, Nicholas Sherwood

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Grassroots Globalism: Human Rights Cities and Local Human Rights Implementation, Jackie Smith

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Pope Francis, Human Rights, and the Crises of Our Time, John Sniegocki

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Literary Didacticism in Indigenous & Latinx Human Rights Literature, Tereza M. Szeghi

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Community Based Global Learning, Anthony N. Talbott, Molly MacCready, and Matt Maroon

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Caste, Economic Inequality, and Climate Justice in India, Dadasaheb Tandale

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Using a Human Rights Framework for Regulating the Internet of Things: The Critical Role of Human Rights Advocacy, Adam Todd

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Call for Proposals 2019: The Social Practice of Human Rights, University of Dayton

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Fiscal Citizenship: How Can Tax Efficiency and Isonomy Aid in the Promotion of Economic Rights, Social Participation, Political Accountability, and Cultural Diversity?, Gustavo Voeroes Dénes

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Contesting Human Rights Defenders at the UN Human Rights Council, M. Joel Voss

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Finding Restoration in the Prison Classroom: Teaching Transitional Justice on the Inside, Carrie Booth Walling

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Cultivating Political Engagement on the Migrant Trail, Abby Wheatley

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The Rise of ‘Right-Wing’ Human Rights Rhetoric: A Palestinian & Israeli Case Study, Leah Wilson

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Toward a Human Rights Impact Assessment Tool, Mona Younis

Papers from 2017

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The Political Psychology of Environmental Civil Resistance, Stephen Arves

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The Forgotten Ones: Domestic Child Soldiers in the United States, Jesse Bach

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The Dignity of the Human Person: Catholic and Islamic Approaches to Human Rights, Matthew Bagot

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Transnational Abolitionist Rhetoric to End Modern Slavery, Laura Barrio-Vilar

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Faith-Based Approaches to Asylum: New Appeals to Accountability? Using Faith-Based Principles as Soft Law, Jinan Bastaki

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Economic Rights in Catholic Social Teaching, Andrew Beauchamp and Jason Heron

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The Business of Being Good: How it Pays to Be a Humanitarian State, Taylor Benjamin-Britton and Danielle Scherer

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Political Asylum and Enlightened False Consciousness: The Challenges of Human Rights Advocacy in Israel, Ilil Benjamin

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Providing Refuge: A Regime Analysis of Legal Protections for Displaced Persons in Sub-Saharan Africa, Natasha Bennett and Hannah K. Brown

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Understanding Truth: How Commissioners Influence the Final Report of a Truth Commission, Christine Bianco

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The 'Nayirah' Effect: The Role of Target States’ Human Rights Violations and Victims’ Emotive Images in War Support, Joseph Braun and Kiyoung Chang

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Climate Change, Development, and the Global Commons, Robert J. Brecha

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Development, Energy, and Climate Change Policy: Enabling Sustainable Development through Access to Energy, Robert J. Brecha

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No Human Right to Sodomy: Christian Conservative Opposition to SOGI Human Rights, Cynthia Burack

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Collective Memory of Past Human Rights Abuses-South Korea, Ñusta Carranza Ko

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Democratic Civic Engagement: Transformative Local, Inclusive Decision-Making to Achieve Global Peace and Climate Solutions, Leah Ceperley

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Ordinary 'Worthiness': Sex Work, Police Raids, and Human Rights Violence in Sonagachhi, Simanti Dasgupta

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Invisible Women: Syrian Victims of Gender-Based Violence as a Particular Social Group in U.S. Asylum Law, Sarah Dávila-Ruhaak

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Human Rights and Disability, Lowell Ewert

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Mass Displacement of Destitute People: A Trigger for Non-Refoulement Protection?, Bernardo de Souza Dantas Fico and Leticia Machado Haertel

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The Path to 'Never Again': Human Rights Protest in Latin America, James Franklin

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From Stateless to Citizen: Trust, Disclosure, and Collaboration with Guatemalan Refugees as Human Rights Practice, Oscar F. Gil-Garcia

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Overview of Current Human Rights Challenges in the Philippines and the People’s Response, Angie M. Gonzales

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Construction of the Victims of Human Rights Violation: The Case of the Erased Residents of Slovenia, Barbara Gornik

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Agency, Equality and Courage: A Case Study of Women on the Front Lines of Egypt’s 2011 Revolution, Carol Gray

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The Power and Pathologies of Language: How Human Rights Messaging Can Also Affect Support for Violent Non-State Actors, Alexandra Haines, Michele Leiby, and Matthew Krain