Call For Papers

Call For Papers


 Call for Papers - Special Issue 2024

75 Years of Human Rights in Comparative and International Education


Current Issues in Comparative Education (CICE) is pleased to announce our call for papers for the 2024 Special Issue commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). In 1948, in the aftermath of two world wars and the Holocaust, representatives from around the world came together with the aim of enumerating the inalienable rights of all people and the hope of preventing such calamitous atrocities from reoccurring. While human rights violations have persisted between the passing of the UDHR on December 10, 1948, and today, human rights have become a focus of numerous international organizations and governments, spawned fields of study, and catalyzed critical theoretical developments that continue to drive scholarship and practice. 

In education, the human rights paradigm has garnered warranted discussion, application, and criticism. The development of human rights education, which focuses on teaching about human rights as well as teaching for the cultivation of dignity and respect for all, reflects the power and potential of human rights to shape research and practice in the field of comparative and international education (CIE). This special issue examines the ways that the field and its scholars and practitioners seek to influence and shape the human rights paradigm and its critical application across dynamic and varied contexts worldwide. 

This issue of the journal raises questions around the power and potential of human rights in today’s geopolitical reality and calls on authors to reflect on the impact of 75 years of human rights. The special issue asks: What is the legacy of human rights in CIE and how is this legacy shaping the focus of research and education reform today? To what extent does the UDHR represent the particular context of 1948 and how can human rights education be critically reconsidered today to address contemporary societal challenges? What perspectives do Indigenous and postcolonial epistemologies and theories bring to human rights education within the contexts of globalization, nationalism, and current socio-political realities? How have different motivations for and conceptualizations of human rights operated at the levels of policy, curriculum, and pedagogy? How should human rights education be reimagined and recreated to meet the needs of current and future generations? 

While not exhaustive, these questions animate the conversation of CICE’s 2024 Special Issue. We invite authors to reflect on the past, present, and future of human rights in the field of comparative and international education. CICE welcomes submissions from teachers, administrators, professors, graduate students, policymakers, and education specialists from governmental and non-governmental organizations. Submissions are not restricted to scholars in the field of CIE, and those from other disciplines are welcome to submit papers relevant to this call. 


CICE invites the submission of academic papers, article responses, and book reviews in English, Portuguese and Spanish. 


Deadline: March 15, 2024


Please read the submission guidelines and submit your manuscript at


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 Manuscript Types

  • Standard Manuscript: 5,000-7,000-word manuscript. Research articles are new previously unpublished scholarly research.
  • Article Response Submissions: responses must be 2000-3000 words in length (5-6 pages double spaced), in APA format. While the editorial board will consider academic responses to relevant articles published within peer-reviewed journals from 2019 to present, authors are strongly suggested to respond to past CICE articles from any year. 
  • Book reviews and/or essays on any subject in the field of comparative and international education or in other related disciplines, including, sociology, economics, philosophy, history, anthropology, and political science.
    • Reviews & essays must be 1000-1500 words in length (3-4 pages double spaced), in APA format. CICE will only accept book reviews from texts published from 2020 to present, with preference for books published within the past 6-8 months.  

The word count is inclusive of the body of the article, including any tables and charts until the beginning of the references. The word count DOES NOT include the Title, Abstract, or References. All reviews must be in Word format (".doc", ".rtf", or ".txt" files) and uncompressed (i.e. not ".zip", ".bin", etc.).



The format of citations, references, and other details should be prepared in accordance with the latest version of Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) available from APA, 750 1st St., NE, Washington, DC 20002 USA.

All references in the reference section must be formatted in accordance with APA reference guidelines. Failure to do so may result in the rejection of your submission. 


Tables and Figures

All tables and figures must be submitted in publication quality. Tables and figures should

be prepared on separate sheets at the end of the running text. Indicate in the text where they are to be inserted. Number and type captions for tables and figures at the top of each element.

NOTE: CICE uses a double blind review process; please remove any and all author-identifying information from all pages. Failure to do so may result in the immediate rejection of your submission.

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