Human Rights on the Big and Small Screen

A Special Session on “Human Rights on the Big and Small Screen”
as part of the 11th Annual International Conference on Humanities & Arts in a Global World
3-6 January 2024, Athens, Greece

ATINER is organizing a Special Session on “Human Rights on the Big and Small Screen” as part of the 11th Annual International Conference on Humanities & Arts in a Global World which will be held in Athens, Greece on 3-6 January 2024. 

The Law and popular culture literature has broadly explored themes ranging from but not restricted to cinematic representations of male lawyers, film and TV screen representations of women lawyers, ideas of social justice, agents of the law and the role of institutions emanating from media industries and traditions around the globe. More recently, an emerging branch of the field of law and popular culture, known as ‘human rights cinema,’ has explored the moving image of the refugees in relation to cinematic representations of war, civil war, conflict and inflicted traumas.  Notwithstanding the important contribution of the ‘human rights cinema’ works to the overall field of law and popular culture, a notable absence remains. Religious identity or religion as an integral component of identity is treated as a marker of collective rather than individual identity and therefore disappears in the overall context of the cinematic representation of the atrocities of war conflicts. The aim of this session is to address this absence and to draw parallels with reality. It, therefore, invites abstracts on the following topic:

  • Fictitious representations of religious identity and the reality of Human Rights Laws

You may participate as presenter of one session or observer. Selected papers will be considered for publication in the Athens Journal of Humanities & Arts.

Please submit an abstract (by email only) to:, using the abstract submission form by 11 December 2023 to: Dr. Anna Chronopoulou, Academic Member, ATINER & Senior Lecturer, University of Westminster, UK. Abstracts should include the following details: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Affiliation, Current Position, an email address, and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Decisions are reached within 4 weeks.

Fee structure information is available on

Special arrangements will be made with a local hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of special events will be organized, including a pragmatic symposium (as organized in Ancient Athens but fine-tuned to synchronous ethics), a special one-day educational island tour, a Mycenae and island of Poros visit, an Athens educational walking tour, a day trip to Delphi, and an ancient Corinth and Cape Sounion visit. Details of the social program are available here.

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