Call for Papers - Special Issue: Human Rights in Comparative and International Education

CICE 2024 Special Issue - Call for Papers

75 Years of Human Rights in Comparative and International Education


Current Issues in Comparative Education (CICE) is pleased to announce our call for papers for the 2024 Special Issue commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). In 1948, in the aftermath of two world wars and the Holocaust, representatives from around the world came together with the aim of enumerating the inalienable rights of all people and the hope of preventing such calamitous atrocities from reoccurring. While human rights violations have persisted between the passing of the UDHR on December 10, 1948, and today, human rights have become a focus of numerous international organizations and governments, spawned fields of study, and catalyzed critical theoretical developments that continue to drive scholarship and practice.

In education, the human rights paradigm has garnered warranted discussion, application, and criticism. The development of human rights education, which focuses on teaching about human rights as well as teaching for the cultivation of dignity and respect for all, reflects the power and potential of human rights to shape research and practice in the field of comparative and international education (CIE). This special issue examines the ways that the field and its scholars and practitioners seek to influence and shape the human rights paradigm and its critical application across dynamic and varied contexts worldwide.

This issue of the journal raises questions around the power and potential of human rights in today’s geopolitical reality and calls on authors to reflect on the impact of 75 years of human rights. The special issue asks: What is the legacy of human rights in CIE and how is this legacy shaping the focus of research and education reform today? To what extent does the UDHR represent the particular context of 1948 and how can human rights education be critically reconsidered today to address contemporary societal challenges? What perspectives do Indigenous and postcolonial epistemologies and theories bring to human rights education within the contexts of globalization, nationalism, and current socio-political realities? How have different motivations for and conceptualizations of human rights operated at the levels of policy, curriculum, and pedagogy? How should human rights education be reimagined and recreated to meet the needs of current and future generations?

While not exhaustive, these questions animate the conversation of CICE’s 2024 Special Issue. We invite authors to reflect on the past, present, and future of human rights in the field of comparative and international education. CICE welcomes submissions from teachers, administrators, professors, graduate students, policymakers, and education specialists from governmental and non-governmental organizations. Submissions are not restricted to scholars in the field of CIE, and those from other disciplines are welcome to submit papers relevant to this call.


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