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


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.


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