Call for papers for The Universal – Vol 2

The Universal – Annual Human Rights Review is looking for papers for its 2017 volume. The Universal is a multidisciplinary journal that accepts papers from all academic disciplines with a focus on human rights. In doing so, The Universal endeavors to foster interdisciplinary debate and as such gives priority to articles with an interdisciplinary scope.

The theme of volume two is “Human Rights Challenges in a Transforming Europe – Perspectives from Then and Now”. Priority will be given to articles related to this theme.

Articles may deal with – but are by no means limited to – the following questions:

  • Is the EU able to continue to live up to its reputation as a leading beacon of human rights? Does the EU promote human rights in the rest of the world?
  • How do large European enterprises that produce goods in developing countries manage human rights issues?
  • How does the growing pessimism towards the EU project affect human rights issues?
  • Should European countries work towards more open or closed borders in the light of human rights issues? How have these borders developed over time?
  • How and to what extent does the EU approach migration, refugees and asylum seekers? What are the human rights implications of this for displaced peoples?
  • How to promote human rights in European refugee camps?
  • How and to what extent do individual European countries handle their internal human rights issues? What are the greater implications of these approaches for the expansion of human rights?
  • How do new nationalist tendencies affect human rights issues in Europe?
  • How does the EU and European countries manage increasing islamophobic tendencies? How to best protect religious minorities?
  • How have European identities changed through time?
  • In what ways is European history used strategically today as e.g. invented traditions? How are e.g. Viking symbols used in nationalist movements?
  • How do individual countries handle EU law? What are the implications?
  • How can EU and European countries protect LGBT people?

The Universal primarily aims to publish research-based articles by students and recent graduates at BA, MA and PhD level. To be considered for publication, research-based papers need to be within the topic of human rights and comply with The Universal’s submission guidelines. Papers that are initially approved will go through a double-blind peer review by two reviewers, after which the editors will select the papers to be included in the volume. Authors are expected to edit their articles in accordance with the advice from the two peer reviewers before publication.

It is also possible to contribute with smaller pieces such as literary reviews, responses to articles, book reviews, opinion pieces and field notes. These do not need to comply with the submission guidelines. For more information, contact the editorial team

All contributions must be original, not previously or simultaneously published elsewhere.

How to apply
First step is to submit an abstract describing the theme, methods, empirical material and theoretical framework of the article. The abstract must be no more than 250 words and should be emailed to no later than November 1st 2016. Before December 1st the authors will receive notification of whether or not they are invited to submit an article. Complete articles should be handed in before February 1st 2017.
Publication of volume 2 is scheduled for fall 2017.

The Universal is non-profit and is available for free at
Papers will also be indexed at major academic databases. To submit a paper, please send an email to There is no fee for submission or publication.

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