Lunch Lecture 19 April Mark Goodale

On the 19th of april, at 12.00, Mark Goodale will give a lunch lecture:

“Human Rights in an Anthropological Key: Exploring a Para-Normative Approach to the Practice of Human Rights”

This talk will introduce a new methodology for linking what anthropologists call the “practice of human rights” to human rights theory, implementation, and institutional development. Drawing on innovative moves within contemporary sociocultural anthropology, the talk will explore a “para-normative” approach to human rights that seeks to radically pluralize and horizontalize the production of knowledge about what human rights are and can be and the subsequent ethical commitments to the promotion of reconfigured human rights in a world marked by the rise of nationalism, cultural identitarianism, and the deepening of global inequality.

Mark Goodale holds a chair in cultural and social anthropology at the University of Lausanne. The founding series editor of Stanford Studies in Human Rights, he is the author or editor of thirteen volumes, including UNESCO Surveys the World: A Prehistory of Human Rights(Stanford, 2018), Anthropology and Law: A Critical Introduction (NYU, 2017), Human Rights at the Crossroads (Oxford, 2013), andSurrendering to Utopia: An Anthropology of Human Rights (Stanford, 2009). He is currently writing a new book on justice, ideology, and practice in Bolivia based on nine years of ethnographic research.

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