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SPHR 2019: All You Need to Know

We are constantly updating this page to better accommodate your participation at SPHR19 October 1-4, 2019. If you have any questions, please contact Youssef Farhat at

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How can and should the human rights movement shape itself in the future to understand and address such complex risks and structural transformations? What kind of strategic directions —  from reform-oriented to radical — should be analyzed and considered? Which approaches, tools, and spaces are emerging as critical? What novel ones should be cultivated? What are the risks in doing so?

In this spirit, SPHR19 convenes to address high-risk threats that present themselves with unprecedented urgency. It will be our task to reinvigorate collaborative efforts with hope and vigor, building sustainable movements and disruptive methods even when it means, to quote Pope Francis, “going against the grain.”

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Each day includes a plenary, a keynote address, a book signing, a mix of research, poster and roundtable sessions, a forward-thinking workshop led by JustLabs and OpenGlobalRights, networking events, and art exhibits and performances.

Presenters with accepted submissions must register by July 15, 2019, after which presenters will be assigned to panels and sessions as appropriate.

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You can can get a full refund up to August 15, 2019.
No refunds will be issued for cancellations made after August 15, 2019


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Limited travel support is available to practitioners and presenters from the Global South, as well as graduate students, junior scholars, and contingent faculty with financial need.

Financial need requests will be reviewed on a weekly basis. 

Presenters with accepted submissions seeking funding and travel support must apply by July 15, 2019. 

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  1. Keynote: SPHR19 features three keynote speakers: Opal Tometi, Zeynep Tufekci and Anand Giridharadas 
  2. Plenary: SPHR19 hosts three plenaries featuring speakers addressing the conference's themes and their intersections: social and political transformation, technological transformation and eco-economic transformation. 
  3. Concurrent Sessions: A mix of workshops, roundtables, panels and research sessions featuring research submitted by scholars and practitioners.
  4. Workshops:  SPHR19 hosts three forward-thinking workshops led by JustLabs and OpenGlobalRights focusing on the three themes: social and political transformation, technological transformation and eco-economic transformation. These workshops run for two-90 minutes and are scheduled during the concurrent sessions. 
  5. Poster Session: SPHR19 will feature research led by undergraduate and graduate students presenting their work in a poster format. Poster size: 48 in. x 36 in.
  6. Exhibits and performances: SPHR19 features a series of art exhibits and performances. The exhibits are on display throughout the conference, and the art performances are scheduled in the program. 
  7. Receptions: Social time! SPHR19 provides a space for participants to network, brainstorm and unwind after a long day of presentations. Receptions include art performances and dinners.

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Upon registration, accepted proposals will be organized into concurrent sessions (panels, workshops, roundtables, etc.).

Each day includes concurrent session(s); each session is typically 90 minutes and includes 3-4 presentations (15 minutes each) followed by discussion and Q&A. Conference committee will assign a moderator or discussant to facilitate each session.  Please bring your presentation on a USB to accelerate the loading process. Check the Tech section on this page for further details.

Roundtables and full panels are anticipated to select their own moderator. If you would like us to identify a discussant or a moderator, please contact us. 

All SPHR presentation abstracts will be available for participants on our website via eCommons - the University of Dayton's open-access institutional repository. eCommons provides a permanent home for scholarly work and is a part of an international network of institutional repositories called the Digital Commons, all administered by bepress, a division of Berkeley Electronic Press in Berkeley, CA. 

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JustLabs and OpenGlobalRights will lead three forward-thinking workshops:
  • October 2, 2019 | Social and Political Transformation
    CS 1 (11:30am-1:00pm) + CS 2 (2:00-3:30pm)
  • October 3, 2019 | Technological Transformation
    CS 3 (9:00-10:30am) + CS 4 (11:00am-12:30pm)
  • October 4, 2019 | Eco-economic Transformation
    CS 5 (8:30-10:00am) + CS 6 (10:30am-12:00pm)

Each workshop will run during two consecutive concurrent sessions and focus on the issues raised during the plenary. Interested participants are required to register and expected to attend both sessions. Capacity: 30 max.

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Research + Coffee = Inspiration. This year's poster session will take place over breakfast. Grab a cup of fair trade coffee and check out some inspiring research led by undergraduate and graduate students!

Presenters are responsible to design and print their posters. Venue provides boards, recommended poster dimensions: 48 in. x 36 in.

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To be considered for post-conference publication, presenters must submit their SPHR19 paper (e.g. academic paper, report, manuscript, concept note) in its entirety to the Human Rights Center via email to by September 1, 2019.

We are still in the process of setting the guidelines for a future publication (in terms of style, overarching theme, etc.); however, it is likely that we will place an 8,000 word limit on accepted papers and ask for the use of in-text citations. Please note that these guidelines are tentative and that such requirements will be placed on papers once they have been accepted for inclusion in the publication.

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All SPHR19 events will take place at Daniel J. Curran Place (formerly known as University of Dayton River Campus). For GPS purposes, the address is:

Daniel J. Curran Place
1700 South Patterson Boulevard
Dayton, Ohio 45409

Please use the main entrance to enter and exit the building - Curran Place.

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We are offering conference group rates for SPHR19 at:

Marriott at the University of Dayton 
Group rate: 142 USD per night
Rate available: September 29-October 6, 2019
Book the group rate by September 15, 2019

Courtyard Marriott
Group rate: 131 USD per night
Rate available: September 28-October 7, 2019
Book the group rate by September 22, 2019

Dayton Airport is 30 minutes away from University of Dayton Campus. We do not provide shuttle services from airport to conference hotels or venue. Participants are encouraged to use ride-sharing apps, rentals or cab services.

Each designated conference hotels (Marriott at the University of Dayton; and Courtyard Dayton-University of Dayton), and Roesch Circle (main campus) will have its own shuttle transporting parting participants to/from Curran Place. 

The schedule is the same for all three locations.
Hotel-Curran Place or Roesch Circle-Curran Place.  

UD Fac/Staff/Students: if SPHR19 shuttle schedule doesn't match your schedule and need transportation, try the UD main shuttle which runs regularly and more frequently. 

SPHR19 Shuttle Schedule
Parking is available to all conference participants at no cost in the SPHR19 designated area.

  • Please enter the building from the main entrance (by the flags). The conference's staff will welcome you and be there to assist you throughout the conference.
  • A customized map will be available in the printed program booklet highlighting the spaces we will be using including associated events.
  • Directional signs will be displayed at the hotels and the conference venue to guide you to the classrooms.
  • All SPHR19 events will take place in spaces on the first and second floor of the building.

Curran Place is ADA compliant and strives to accommodate the needs of SPHR19 participants.

Designated rooms for presentations are equipped with projectors, computers, screens, white boards, built-in sound system and AV equipment (USB, DVD player, cords). Mac users must bring their personal cables and adapters.

Presenters are encouraged to bring their presentations on a USB key to accelerate the loading process.

We are unable to accommodate printing requests for presentation materials and handouts.

Wi-Fi is available to all registered conference attendees and is accessible via the username and password enclosed in your name tag.

Aligning with the University of Dayton’s certification as a fair-trade university and its commitment to sustainability, SPHR19's menu will consist entirely of local and ethically sourced ingredients.

The conference staff will plan according to participants' dietary restrictions indicated during the registration process.

Curran Place includes four gender-neutral, single-use restrooms which will be identified on the map of the printed program.

Curran Place includes two lactation rooms which will be identified on the map of the printed program. Each access-controlled room includes a chair, table, outlet and a refrigerator. Conference staff will provide access via a visit card.

Curran Place has a designated quiet, interfaith reflection room which will be identified on the map of the printed program.

The University of Dayton recognizes that children are a valued part of our campus community and has an obligation to its students, faculty, staff and visitors to conduct its operations and maintain its facilities in a manner consistent with its mission as a Catholic and Marianist institution of higher education

Please contact us at if you plan on bringing your child(ren) to SPHR19 in order to better accommodate your visit.

For those arriving to or departing from the conference venue, luggage and personal item storage is available in a secure location at Curran Place. Please check with the conference staff at the front desk.

Authors, organizations, and students are provided with a space at no additional charge to promote their work with SPHR 19 participants. If you would like to use this space, please contact us at

All authors must coordinate with their publishers to mail display copies by October 1, 2019:

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