International Conflict Management
Religious vs. Secular Human Rights Organizations: Discourse, Framing and Action
The study of human rights is dominated by secular voices; however, increasingly the study of international relations recognizes the tension and interplay between the religious and the secular, and the impetus for human rights work has often come from a religious or moral foundation. This project explores the ways in which religious and secular human rights organizations frame, discuss, legitimize and operationalize human rights issues and priorities.
In this project, we use content analysis of the websites and published documents of international human rights NGOs, along with interviews with members of some of these organizations. We are tracing the similarities and differences between the organizations, their missions and focus, their conceptions of human rights, and their rationale for engaging in the field. We are also interested in whether and how these organizations incorporate women’s rights and a gender lens and how they interact with other NGOs and international organizations within the human rights field.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 to Thursday, June 1, 2017