HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE HUMANITIES: CULTURE AND CRITIQUE
A ONE-DAY SYMPOSIUM ON 7 DECEMBER 2017
ACADEMY HOUSE, DUBLIN
The existence of human rights – the holding of certain rights or privileges by virtue of being human – is often in the West considered self-evident, as Thomas Jefferson famously wrote. But what are the foundations of human rights and what are its effects in a time of stress? A progressive proponent today might approve of social changes such as extending the right to marry to all adult citizens in a number of countries, while at the same time be horrified by the largest European refugee crisis since 1945. What can the future of human rights be in the face of new threats to the world order and the rise of demagogic, nativist politics? What new perspectives are required by globalized culture or the violent opposition to human rights by some detractors? This symposium seeks to consider human rights in a larger perspective, one that the humanities are particularly capable of providing.
The keynote lecture will be delivered by Samuel Moyn (Yale).
Proposals for twenty-minute papers are invited from all areas of the arts and humanities. Topics may include, but are not limited to:
The philosophy and ethics of human rights
The history of human rights
Literature and human rights
Human rights and the arts (architecture, dance, film, music, theatre, video, visual arts, etc.)
Human rights and languages
Human rights as Western (or Christian) ideology
The awareness and study of human rights in scholarship, teaching, or the public arena
Please make your proposal in the form of an abstract of no more than 500 words at https://www.ria.ie/news/study-languages-literature-culture-and-communication-committee/call-papers