2016 Baylor Libraries Symposium

Keynote & Closing Speakers

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2016 Symposium Call for Papers (PDF)

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Important Dates

Call for Papers
April 11, 2016

Abstracts Due
July 5, 2016

Notification of Acceptance
July 13, 2016

Panel Sessions & Keynote Address
September 29, 2016

Panel Sessions & Closing Speaker
September 30, 2016

The annual Baylor Libraries Symposium highlights research and scholarship at Baylor by recognizing the major anniversary of a significant publication. Each year a particular work is chosen based on its cross-disciplinary appeal in the humanities, arts and/or sciences. Abstracts are currently being sought from Baylor faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students or staff for the 2016 Baylor Libraries Syposium.

The 2016 Annual Baylor Libraries’ Symposium recognizes the 225th anniversary Thomas Paine’s Rights of Man. Published in London in 1791, Rights of Man is a refutation of Edmund Burke’s criticism of the French Revolution, Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790), which posited that social stability was only attainable if a nation’s impoverished majority was governed by a minority of wealthy social elites. By contrast, Paine argues that since the interests of a ruler and his people are united, the French Revolution should be understood as an attack against the tyranny of the French monarchy rather than against the King himself.

Since human rights are innate and given by nature, Paine asserts, they can neither be granted nor taken away by any political charter. Governments that do not benefit the nation - especially ones based on hereditary inheritance - are considered illegitimate. Paine concludes his treatise by proposing several reforms for the English government, including the establishment of a written Constitution composed by a national assembly, the elimination of aristocratic titles, a progressive income tax, and subsidized education for those living in poverty.

Rights of Man caused such an outrage in England that Paine was tried and convicted for libel against the Crown in absentia. He only escaped punishment by never returning to the country. Though there were more than 300 pamphlets published on the "revolution controversy," Rights of Man is remembered as being the first to inflict serious damage to Burke’s case and to restore public opinion of the French in Britain and America.

This immensely popular work - over 50,000 copies were said to be in circulation only months after its initial publication - provides a wide range of possibilities for academic conversation during this year's Baylor Libraries Symposium.

If Paine's work or the theme of human rights intersects with your research interests, please consider submitting an abstract for this year's symposium. Abstracts may be submited by Baylor faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students or staff. Please review the Call for Papers and Submit An Abstract.


Dr. Gregory Claeys

Professor Claeys was born in France and educated in Canada and the United Kingdom. He has taught in Germany and the U.S. and since 1992 has been Professor of the History of Political Thought at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is the author of Machinery, Money and the Millennium: From Moral Economy to Socialism (Princeton University Press, 1987), Citizens and Saints: Politics and Anti-Politics in Early British Socialism (Cambridge University Press, 1989), Thomas Paine: Social and Political Thought (Unwin Hyman, 1989); The French Revolution Debate in Britain (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), Imperial Sceptics: British Critics of Empire, 1850–1920 (Cambridge University Press, 2010), Searching for Utopia: the History of an Idea (Thames & Hudson, 2011; German, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese editions), and Mill and Paternalism (Cambridge University Press, 2013). He has edited The Cambridge Companion to Utopian Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2010) and, with Gareth Stedman Jones, The Cambridge History of Nineteenth Century Political Thought (Cambridge University Press, 2011), as well as some fifty volumes of primary sources and edited essays. He has been guest professor at the Australian National University, Keio University, Japan, the University of Hanoi, Vietnam, and Peking University, China. His last book, Dystopia: A Natural History (Oxford University Press) will appear in late 2016. The next, A Pelican Introduction to Marx and Marxism, will be published in 2018. He is editor of the series, "Palgrave Studies in Utopianism" (Palgrave-Macmillan) and is the leading coordinator of the "Utopolis" project of European utopian bibliography, translation and republication. Professor Claeys' keynote address for the 2016 Baylor Libraries Symposium is entitled, "Paine's Rights of Man: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow."

Dr. Carlos Juárez

Professor Juárez is Professor of Political Science at HPU. He is a Baylor alumnus and has been a Fulbright Scholar to Mexico, Czech Republic, and Austria; visiting fellow at Oxford University, UC President’s Postdoctoral Scholar at the School of Global Policy and Strategy (formerly IR/PS) at UC San Diego (UCSD), Research Fellow at UCSD’s Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, and Visiting Professor at the University of the Andes in Bogotá (Colombia). He has lectured widely throughout Europe, Mexico, South America, Australia, and New Zealand, He teaches undergraduate courses in comparative and international politics, and graduate courses on global governance, politics of developing nations, and peacemaking and international conflict management.

Dr. Juárez is a member of the Board of Governors of the Pacific and Asian Affairs Council (PAAC, the world affairs council for the State of Hawaii). He has worked on the staff of former U.S. Senator Alan Cranston (D-Calif), and has been a consultant to the Fulbright program of the U.S. Department of State , United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC, the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, and the Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) in Stockholm, Sweden. From 2008-2013 he served on the Consular Corps of Hawaii as the Honorary Consul of Peru to Hawaii.

His closing address will provide a modern interpretation to the expansion of human rights and the challenges we face in the early 21st century with ethnic and religious conflict.
[bio excerpted from Hawai'i Pacific University]