CFP: EWIS Workshop on ‘Political Struggle and Performative Rights’, Tübingen, 6-8 April 2016

Convenors: Louiza Odysseos (Univeristy of Sussex, Brighton, UK) /Anja Eleveld (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands)

The workshop aims to develop new research directions in the juncture of rights, performativity and political struggle. It is particularly interested in contributions examining the links between practices of claiming rights, performativity and contemporary political struggles, seen for instance in recent claims to the right of dignity or the right to decent work. It acknowledges the concerns of critical scholars questioning the ability of rights to promote change, which have focused on the cost of increased state power, possible invigilation of civil society activity and normalization of identities (e.g. Brown 1995). Continue reading