Anthropological Symposium 2012 - Culture and Rights: Scepticism, hostility, mutuality
From 13 June, 2012 to 14 June, 2012
Culture and Rights: Scepticism, hostility, mutuality
Anthropology Symposium 2012
13 - 14 June, New Law School, University of Sydney
The relationship between the concept of culture and that of human rights has long been complex and contentious. For anthropologists the effects of this symbiotic relationship between culture and human rights can be discerned at a number of different levels. It has been a key point of debate in the development of anthropological codes of ethics. Human rights, in their discursive and institutional contexts, have become another thematic aspect of anthropologists' subject matter – rights have been assimilated to culture. The capacity to participate in the dialogue between rights and culture has become integral to the political negotiation and ethical evaluation of fieldwork in many contemporary contexts. Nevertheless, distinctively historical and political perspectives in anthropological writing have also generated substantial critiques, not only of human rights discourse, but of the ways it has been mobilised in particular social and political contexts.
For this symposium we seek presentations of a maximum 20 minutes in length, that critically inquire into both the apparent hostility, and, at the same time, mutual dependence of cultural and rights-based perspectives.
Please send title and abstracts to email@example.com by Monday 30 April 2012.
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Location: New Law School
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