Between rhetoric and Reality: The State of Human Rights in Africa (Call for Chapter Contributions)

Between rhetoric and Reality: The State of Human Rights in
Africa (Call for Chapter Contributions)
Call for Papers Date: 2012-08-01 (in 29 days)

Call for Chapter Contributions
Prposed Book: Between rhetoric and Reality: The State of Human Rights in


The so called third wave of democratization in Africa in the 1990s induced
some optimism about human rights in the continent. This optimism, of
course tempered by dramatic reverses in countries like Rwanda, Liberia and
Sierra Leone, has led to declarations of what Posner and Young (2007)
referred to as the ‘institutionalization of political power in Africa’.
Important questions are however still being raised about the commitment of
African states to the protection of human rights. For instance, it is
unclear how human rights can be protected within the context of deepening
economic crisis, or for that matter, what human rights means to an
uneducated and marginalized population. Many states continue to face
legitimacy challenges driven by questions surrounding the overall
inclusiveness of the political systems. State institutions like the
police, the judiciary and the army are also still driven by colonial
mindsets which tend to create incentives for gross abuses of human rights
in the name of national security. Marginalized social categories like
homosexuals, women, children and youth still face widespread
discrimination that calls to question the commitment of African states to
human rights. It appears that while both policy and academic discourses
have been focused on the protection of human rights, the reality is often
that human rights is at best ignored and ill understood or, at worst,
flagrantly violated and abused. This book hopes to bring together cutting
edge and original research on the state of human rights in Africa.
Contributions will address the following themes:
Theoretical perspectives of human rights
The AU / regional organizations and human rights promotion (institutional
frameworks, specific interventions, normative agenda etc)
The Role of NGOs and International Organizations
Environmental Rights Issues
Sexual Rights
The State and Human Rights
Globalisation and Human Rights
Specific Country Case Studies
Media rights and access to information
Labour Relations and Workers Rights
Electoral Governance
The Rule of Law (particularly in relation to investments and business)
Police, army, militias and human rights
Other related themes

The book will give priority to contributions that focus on current issues
in African human rights.
Please provide a 500-word proposal for your submission by 1 August 2012.
Submissions may be sent to:
If your proposal is accepted, full papers will be due by 15 November 2012.

Dr. R.I Ako-nai
Department of International Relations,
Obafemi Awolowo University,
Ile-Ife, Nigeria


About African Interdisciplinary Studies Association Website

Prof. Maurice Nyamanga Amutabi is President of African Interdisciplinary Studies Association (AISA), a pioneer professional associaiton bringing together members from all disciplines in Africa and abroad. He is a former Fulbright Scholar who previously worked as Deputy Vice Chancellor at Kisii University and also Director of Research and Professor in Peace and Strategic Studies at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA), 2010-2013. He has previously taught at Central Washington University, USA (2005-2010) in African Studies Programme and Moi University (1992-2000) in the Department of Development Studies and other public universities in Kenya. Prof. Amutabi holds a PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA in History and African Studies. He received his B.A (Hons) in 1989 in Political Science and History and M.A in 1991 from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. Maurice Amutabi is co-editor of Regime Change and Succession Politics in Africa: Five Decades of Misrule (with Shadrack Wanjala Nasong’o) – in 2013. Amutabi also co-edited Africa after Fifty Years: Retrospections and Reflections (with Toyin Falola and Sylvester Gundona) in 2012. Amutabi is the author of The NGO Factor in Africa: The Case of Arrested Development in Kenya (New York: Routledge, 2006). Amutabi is co-author of Nationalism and Democracy for People-Centered Development in Africa (Moi University Press, 2000). He has also co-authored Foundations of Adult Education in Africa (Cape Town/Hamburg: Pearson/UNESCO, 2005). He has written two novels, Because of Honor (a novel on Islam in Africa) and These Good People (a novel on corruption in Africa). Amutabi is also the author of Nakhamuma Stories (a collection of short stories from the Abaluyia community of western Kenya). His chapters have appeared in over thirty books. His articles have appeared in several refereed and reputable journals such as African Studies Review, African Contemporary Cultural Studies, Canadian Journal of African Studies, International Journal of Educational Development; and Jenda: A Journal of Culture and African Women Studies. Amutabi has made presentations at over one hundred national and international conferences. Amutabi is the Vice-President of the Kenya Studies and Scholars’ Association (KESSA), Kenya’s premier research and academic organization. He is the editor-in-chief of Kenya Studies Review and Eastern Africa Journal of Humanities and Sciences. Prof. Amutabi has conducted extensive research on many issues of development. He has taught courses on peace and conflict and gender and development. He teaches in the PhD and Masters Programme in the Institute of Peace and Security Studies at Kisii University. He enjoys blogging and writing and is an avid sports fan, but does not support any of team, preferring to support the team that plays well.
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