Workshop Arguments for and against Socioeconomic Rights, Past and Present

Socioeconomic Rights in History Workshop Leverhulme Trust International Network at Harvard Law School March 20-21, 2017

Programme:

March 20, Monday

9:00 – 9:30am Introduction

9:30 – 11:15am Small group meetings

Six groups will meet separately to discuss papers

Group 1: The Early Modern and Enlightenment Eras Claudia Stein, Darrin McMahon and Dan Edelstein

Group 2: The Age of Revolutions Charles Walton, Mark Philp, Hannah Callaway, Philip Kaisary

Group 3: Labour Rights and Gender Tonia Novitz, Jennifer Klein, Laura Frader, Alice Kessler-Harris

Group 4: Socioeconomic Rights before 1948 Marco Duranti, Stephen Sawyer, William Novak, Samuel Moyn

Groups 5 and 6 will meet together Group 5: Socioeconomic Rights in 1948 and after Mark Goodale, Christian Christiansen, Steven Jensen, Samuel Moyn

Group 6: Interdisciplinary inflections and Recent History Sridhar Venkatapuram, Radhika Balakrishnan, Mark Goodale

11:15 -11:30am Coffee Break

11:30 – 12:15pm Keynote I: Frederick Cooper (New York University), Social Rights and Empire

12:15 – 1:15pm Lunch

1:15 – 2:45pm The Early Modern and Enlightenment Eras

Julia McClure (University of Warwick), The Deep History of Socio-Economic Rights (via Skype)

Darrin McMahon (Darthmouth University), Equality, Catastrophe, and the Great Disequalization: Reading Rousseau’s Discourse on the Origins of Inequality

Dan Edelstein (Stanford University), Socio-Economic Rights in Eighteenth-Century France: A Hidden History

2:45 – 3:00 pm Coffee Break

3:00 – 4:30 pm The Age of Revolutions

Charles Walton (University of Warwick), Socioeconomic Rights in the French Revolution

Mark Philp (University of Warwick), Reading Agrarian Justice

Hannah Callaway (Harvard University), Beyond Property Rights: Seizure and Redistribution in the French Revolution

Philip Kaisary (Carleton University), The Haitian Revolution and Rights

4:30 – 5:15 pm Keynote II: Tonia Novitz (University of Bristol), Labour Law, Freedom of Association and Their Transnational Dimensions – the Relevance of the Past for Voice in Contemporary Global Labour

7.30pm DINNER

March 21, Tuesday 9:00 – 10:30 am Interdisciplinary Inflections and Recent History

Sridhar Venkatapuram (King’s College London), Back to the Future with the Human Right to Health

Radhika Balakrishnan (Rutgers University), Sovereignty and Interdependence: the Declaration on the Right to Development

10:30 – 10:45 am Coffee Break

10:45 – 12:15 pm Labour Rights and Gender

Jennifer Klein (Yale University), Disability, Care Work, and Social Rights in the U.S

Alice Kessler-Harris (Columbia University), A Political-Economy of Socio-economic Rights

Laura Frader (Northeastern University), Gender, Duty, and Socioeconomic Rights: Questioning Categories, Framing Practices

12:15 – 1:15 pm Lunch

1:15 – 2:45 pm Socioeconomic Rights Before 1948

Marco Duranti (University of Sydney), Socioeconomic Rights, Human Rights, and 20th-Century Politics

Stephen Sawyer (American University, Paris), William J. Novak (University of Michigan Law School), Of Socio-economic Rights and Regulation: Technologies of Democratic Governance in the Long 19th Century

Samuel Moyn (Harvard Law School), The Spirit of Social Rights

2:45 – 3:00 pm Coffee Break

3:00 – 4:30 pm Socioeconomic Rights in 1948 and After

Mark Goodale (University of Lausanne), Socioeconomic Rights: An Anthropological History

Christian Christiansen (AARHUS UNIVERSITET), The Rise and Fall of Social and Economic Rights in the Work of Gunnar Myrdal

Steven Jensen (The Danish Institute for Human Rights), “The Stain of Our Original Sin”: Social Rights and the Shaping of International Organisation, 1950-1960

Special thanks to Steven Jensen and the Danish Council for Independent Research for their generous support for this Workshop.

 

Workshop: Health, Well-Being and Subsistence in the History of Socioeconomic Rights, Duties and Obligations,10-11 November 2016

Socioeconomic Rights in History Leverhulme Network

Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB)

Workshop Organised by:

Dieter Gosewinkel, Paul-André Rosental, and Claudia Stein

This two-day workshop will explore the history of the rights to health and subsistence from the eighteenth century to today from the perspective of governmentality and biopolitics.

The papers (3-5 pages each) will be submitted by November 1 and will be pre-circulated to all participants. During the workshop, each contributor will summarize his or her reflections in 10-15 minutes, followed by 30-40 minutes of discussion. The papers are in English. Our principal aim is to discover underlying themes and problems in the history of the right to health and subsistence over time.

 

Thursday, 10 November

9.15                 Meet at WZB, Reichspietsufer 50, 10785 Berlin, room:  TBA

9.30                 Opening comments

 

Session 1: Legal Preliminaries: Right to Health and Subsistence from a Legal Perspective

9.45                 Eberhard Eichenhofer, University of Jena

Right to Health: Some Observations from the German Perspective

Session 2: Traditions and Institutions of Care and Subsistence

10.30               Andrew Mendelsohn, Queen Mary, University of London,

Physicians, the Protectable Worker’s Body, the Minable Earth, and the Naturalization of Sustainable Organized Extractive Capitalism

11.15               Coffee Break

11.30               Hilary Marland/Catharine Cox/Margaret Charleroy, University of Warwick/University College Dublin

presentation of two research projects related to the Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award Project: Prisoners, Medical Care and Entitlement to Health in England and Ireland, 1850-2000

Governmentality and Prisoners’ Minds in the late Nineteenth Century:  Was there a Prisoners’ ‘Right to Health’?

Understanding Prisoner Rights Through Diet and Health

12.15               Cornelius Torp (FU, Berlin)

Social Justice in Old Age Provision: Germany and the UK since 1945

13.00               lunch WZB

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Towards a History of Socioeconomic Rights

First event of the Socioeconomic Rights in History Network will take place in Paris at the Institut d’Études avancées.

There will be public lectures at 18 November 2015, 14h-17h:

Programme:

14h-15h00

Socioeconomic Rights in History: Questions and Problems

Charles Walton, University of Warwick

Health and the History of Socioeconomic Rights since 1750

Claudia Stein, University of Warwick

Coffee/tea

15h10-16h10

The Demise of Social Rights as Human Rights in Europe

Marco Duranti, University of Sydney

The Human Right to Health: the Modern Philosophy, Politics and Economics

Sridhar Venkatapuram, King’s College London

16h10-17h

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