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Histories of the Concept of Human Rights

Citizenship
Human Rights
Latin America
Migration
Religion
Social Movements
Welfare State
Freedom
P169
Lena Halldenius
Lunds Universitet
Lena Halldenius
Lunds Universitet

Friday 11:00 - 12:40 (09/09/2016)

Building: Faculty of Law Floor: 1 Room: FL103

Abstract

Is there a “correct” history of human rights and what would it look like? Is "our" concept of human rights ancient, medieval, early modern, modern? Did it find its shape in the late eighteenth century, as Lynn Hunt claims, or is it a much later product of political and religious debates in the twentieth century, with no conceptual connection to anything prior to that, as Samuel Moyn argues? The focus of this panel is the political and historically contingent character of conceptions of human rights in theory and practice. The emphasis is on the 20th century, but also on earlier ideas to the extent that they can be fruitfully related to theoretical and political concerns in our own time.

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