Listen to a roundtable discussion with Etienne Balibar, Souleymane Bachir Diagne, Lydia H. Liu, and Samuel Moyn. Moderated by Josef Sorett.
The universalism of human rights is often countered with cultural relativism, particularism, and other symmetric or dissymmetric oppositions. But what are the conditions under which one speaks for or against a certain kind of universalism? Does the logic of inclusion/exclusion apply to both sides of the dichotomy? For instance, is racism intrinsic to the discourse of human rights? What are the limitations of “human rights” as a concept or as a political project for the purpose of framing struggles for social justice? The panelists on this roundtable will debate and exchange views on these questions as they aim to reframe the discussion of human rights in the contemporary world.
Co-sponsored by the Institute for the Study of Human Rights and the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society.