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.

 

IFZ-Conference Report: Migration, Refugees, and Asylum

Cross-posted from

http://hsozkult.geschichte.hu-berlin.de/tagungsberichte/id=7049

Institut für Zeitgeschichte – München-Berlin 14.12.2016-16.12.2016, München

Bericht von:

Joseph Hawker, Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto

E-Mail: <j.hawker@utoronto.ca>

Im Jahre 2016 waren nach Angaben des UNHCR weltweit über 65 Millionen Menschen auf der Flucht, die meisten von ihnen als Binnenvertriebene im eigenen Land (“internally displaced persons”) aufgrund anhaltender bewaffneter Konflikte – eine historische Rekordhöhe. Hinzu kommen Millionen von Arbeitsmigranten, die sich aus wirtschaftlicher Not und in der Hoffnung auf bessere Lebensbedingungen auf den Weg machen. Diese aktuellen politischen Entwicklungen waren Ausgangspunkt der interdisziplinär angelegten Konferenz, die vom Institut für Zeitgeschichte in Zusammenarbeit mit der Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, organisiert und vom Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung gefördert wurde.

Drei Leitfragen strukturierten die Tagung, wie IfZ-Direktor Andreas Wirsching eingangs hervorhob: Welche politischen, rechtlichen und wissenschaftlichen Konzepte von Migration, Flucht und Asyl waren seit dem Ende des Zweiten Weltkriegs erkennbar? Welche Motive, Normen und Prinzipien prägten den Diskurs um humanitäre Hilfe, Migrations- und Asylpolitik? Welche Akteure agierten im globalen Migrationsregime und welche Praktiken politischer Steuerung entwickelten sie? Ausgehend davon zog das erste Panel eine Bilanz der aktuellen Forschungstrends in verschiedenen Disziplinen. 

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Call for Papers The Family, Human Rights and Internationalism Global Historical-Sociological Perspectives

10-11 November 2017

University of Göttingen

Historical and historical-sociological research on the history of human rights discourse and law has abounded in recent years. However, it has neglected one of the key issues that informed early thinking about human rights: the family as a protected category. This conference addresses this issue by approaching it from the perspective of global historical sociology. In this way, the conference also sheds important light on the historical diffusion of cultural and legal norms on the family and sexuality. It reflects on various religious and other imaginaries of the family and considers how they emerged and spread across the globe. How have human rights law and discourse intersected with the family and sexuality? How has this connection taken shape in different historical contexts? And, how has it evolved since the nineteenth century?

The conference brings together historians and historical sociologists interested in the global development of norms and practices related to the family through international law, international institutions, migration and empires. Papers are invited that focus on these issues from a historical perspective for the nineteenth and twentieth century. They can consider various mechanisms through which norms on the family intersected with ideas about human rights, for example, through empires and their collapse; intellectuals; war; and, migration, amongst others. Papers on regions around the globe are welcome, as are contributions on relevant international bodies and individuals who have been influential in this regard.

Keynote lectures will be provided by Professor Samuel Moyn (Harvard) and Professor Sally Engle Merry (NYU).

The conference will take place at the University of Göttingen, and reasonable travel costs and accommodation will be provided for accepted presenters.

Organisers:

Dr Julia Moses, Dept. of History, Univ. of Sheffield / Institute of Sociology, Univ. of Göttingen

Prof Matthias Koenig, Institute of Sociology, University of Göttingen

To apply to participate, please send a short abstract (ca. 150-300 words) to Dr Julia Moses (j.moses@sheffield.ac.uk) by 31 March 2017.

This event is sponsored by the EU-funded MARDIV project at the University of Göttingen.