Global Human Rights, Sexualities, Vulnerabilities Symposium
The Human Rights Working group aims to bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars to promote new understandings of the pragmatic obstacles and ethical challenges of representation and the circulation and production of knowledge about human rights violations. We consider the circulation of human rights discourses produced by scholars, activists, artists, and communities, both in particular local contexts and for an increasingly global audience. We are particularly interested in exploring the normative frameworks and the myriad forces (cultural, political, economic, and so on) that shape the formation of witnessing publics and the adoption of certain human rights issues and agenda setting in world politics. The working group, funded for a two-year period, convened Spring 2011.