War Babies - call for submissions
Larry Cirignano, Esq
120 Riverwood Ave
PO Box 118
Far Hills, NJ 07931
- SEXUAL EXPLOITATION: Gender, Ethnicity and Children's Human Rights
[call for submissions]
According to recent reports, thousands of infants have resulted from mass rape campaigns or sexual exploitation during times of war in the last decade. Anecdotal reports suggest these "war babies" - children born on the wrong side of a conflict - often face stigma, discrimination and even infanticide. Very little systematic scholarly data exists assessing their status and fate or theorizing their protection needs from a children's human rights perspective. To address this gap, I seek contributions from established scholars, graduate students, and human rights practitioners addressing this category of war-affected child. Contributions from fields such as sociology, political science, international law, anthropology, women's studies, and history are encouraged.
Paper authors will be invited to present their research at an interdisciplinary workshop, tentatively scheduled to be held March 16, 2004 in conjunction with the International Studies Association Annual Conference in Montreal, Quebec. Papers will forthwith be revised and submitted for inclusion in an edited volume, to be prepared for submission to book publishers by summer 2005. This book will be aimed at laying a foundation for future interdisciplinary work on war babies as a concern for the children's human rights community.
Contributions should be between 4000 and 7000 words long, and should address the intersection of gender, ethnicity, children's and women's human rights, sexual violence and armed conflict, and the evolving international legal framework that aims to regulate such behavior.
Please send proposals or queries, along with institutional affiliation and contact information. Proposals are due by November 15, 2003. Submissions from graduate students and international scholars are strongly encouraged.
For more information contact:
R. Charli Carpenter
Department of Politics and International Relations
Drake University, Des Moines, IA 50310, USA
Tel: +1 515 271 2136; Fax: +1 515 271 1870