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The University of Chicago Human Rights Program will hold an international conference on ³Investigating and Combating Torture: Exploration of a New Human Rights Paradigm² on March 4-6, 1999. The conference will explore issues such the social construction of torture as a specific cultural and historical institution, the mechanisms of proving torture, turning legal proof into public knowledge and enforcement of sanctions against torturers. The conference will bring together human rights activists, legal and historical scholars, forensic practitioners and anthropologists. The goal for the conference is to produce new insights for litigation, activism and scholarship on torture. The Human Rights Program is soliciting proposals from faculty members, advanced graduate students and activists. Interested individuals should send a resume and a one-page statement about work in progress or a brief which pertains to one of the conference sessions: Session 1: Torture, Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment, as Definitions and Concepts in Modern Legal Thought Session 2: Torture as a Method of Domination and an Interrogation Technique Session 3: Why is Torture so Persistent? Session 4: The Social Construction of Torture and its Limits Session 5: Representations of Torture Session 6: Proving Torture: Creating Evidence and Knowledge Session 7: Enforcing the International Prohibition Against Torture Please send information via email to Michael Geyer at email@example.com, or via post to University of Chicago, Department of History, 1126 E. 59th Str., Chicago, IL 60615 no later than December 31, 1998.