New Perspectives on Humanitarianism and Human Rights

New Perspectives on Humanitarianism and Human Rights
15 Jun 2018, 09:00 to 15 Jun 2018, 18:00
Conference / Symposium
IHR Wolfson Conference Suite, NB01/NB02, Basement, IHR, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

This one-day workshop considers how social histories of ideas—particularly in the domains of international legal thought, diplomacy, and activism—raise new questions for scholarship on human rights and humanitarianism. By asking why appeals to “common humanity” came to operate as available models of politics in particular historical moments, we will explore how practices of humanitarian intervention prompted new theorizations of political concepts and institutions across the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. Panelists and commentators will consider a range of sources beyond the realm of high diplomacy to ask how the conceptual boundaries around humanitarian concerns have been redrawn from the early modern period to the present day. 

The workshop will feature three panels and one roundtable.

International Law
Markets and Movements

Roundtable speakers include Anupama Rao (Columbia), Matthew Hilton (QMUL), and Glenda Sluga (Sydney). 

Provisional Programme

Registration is required. Panelists' papers will be pre-circulated. Please register for access.


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