2013–2014 Human Rights Graduate Workshops
Wednesdays (even weeks of the quarter): 5:00 –6:30PM
John Hope Franklin Room, Social Science Room 224
1126 E. 59th Street, Chicago, IL 60637 [map]
About the Workshop Series:
The recourse to Human Rights has become a defense against tyranny and the foundation for a multitude of actions to redress injustice and to effect peace. Notwithstanding persistent and widely held doubts about the legitimacy and practicability of Human Rights, they have become significant tools both of change and of reconciliation. Human Rights have turned into a rich and diverse international “institution” which even the worst abusers acknowledge. At the beginning of the 21st Century, the issue nature and the reach of Human Rights regimes has emerged as one of the foremost controversies in debates on the future of international order and, indeed, on the survivability of the global community.
In this context, this year’s Human Rights Workshop Series will take on the issue of humanitarianism and its relation to human rights. Humanitarian initiatives and humanitarian mobilizations have never been as prominent as in the past forty years. By the same token, contemporary humanitarianism has come under sharp attack from disparate quarters – as imperialist, as hopelessly inefficient, and as plain reactionary. And yet, humanitarian practice flourishes and, as social work, has gained political prominence in the resurgence of religious movements and their politicization. More importantly, the crisis of humanitarianism as idea and practice is but the consequence of actual humanitarian crises that have overwhelmed individual states, entire regions, and the international community.
It is this syndrome – a flourishing and culturally diverse humanitarianism, a deep distrust in the humanitarian idea and practice, and the proliferation of humanitarian crises – that we hope to explore in the present and in the past. For while social scientists, anthropologists, and humanitarian aid professionals may be inclined to think of this syndrome as a condition of the present, historians and literary scholars are keenly aware that the dilemma of “doing good” or, if you wish, of “care” and the “love of the world” have accompanied humanitarianism all along and in most every part of the world.
The workshop sessions will include common readings, graduate student presentations, and guest presenters on the theme of humanitarianism. We welcome ongoing suggestions for papers, texts, and visitors and will accommodate requests as the schedule allows.
For questions or to request papers, please contact:
PhD Student, Department of Anthropology
Human Rights Workshop Coordinator email@example.com
Introductory and Collective Reading Session
Fassin, Didier. "Humanitarianism as a Politics of Life." Public Culture 19, no. 3 (2007): 499-520.
Calhoun, Craig. "The Idea of Emergency: Humanitarian Action and Globa (Dis)Order." In Contemporary States of Emergency : The Politics of Military and Humanitarian Interventions, edited by Didier Fassin and Mariella Pandolfi. 29-58. New York; Cambridge, Mass.: Zone Books; Distributed by the MIT Press, 2010.
Seeking Enlightenment Above, Saving Those Below: Emerging Discourses and Practices of Buddhist Social Work in Japan, 1895-1915
Presenter: Cameron Penwell, PhD Candidate in History, University of Chicago
**Special Location: Haskel 101, 5836 S. Greenwood Ave, Chicago, IL 60637 [map]
Human Rights as Political Practice: Reading Charles Beitz Against Himself
Presenter: Emma Mackinnon, PhD Student, Political Science, University of Chicago
Bare Life and the Responsibility to Protect
Presenter: Tejas Parasher, PhD Candidate in Political Science, University of Chicago
*A joint session with Practical Philosophy workshop
Presenter: Ariel Zylberman, Department of Philosophy, University of Toronto
Presenter: Barbara Keys, Department of History, University of Melbourne
Discussant: Michael Geyer, Samuel N. Harper Professor of German and European History
Presenter: James Dawes, Department of English, Macalester College
Stephen Hopgood, Department of Politics and International Relations, School of Oriental and African Studies
Discussant: Mark Philip Bradley, Bernadotte E. Schmitt Professor of International History and the College
Structuring voice: How refugee voice takes shape in the local resettlement agency
Presenter: Jessica Darrow, PhD Candidate in Social Service Administration
Conference: Humanitarianism in Crisis/Crisis of Humanitarianism