This year’s Australian Academy of the Humanities Symposium theme is Humanitarianism and Human Rights. Over the last decade, there has been an explosion of interest in the history of human rights, linked to critique of its current global formations. The long history of human rights has been shaped by the ideas of humanism, conflicts for religious freedoms and political representations, and colonial engagement that provokes debates about universal humanity and inviolable rights.
The Symposium program will explore three related questions:
- How is contemporary Australia shaped by these long intellectual and emotional histories regarding human rights and humanitarianism?
- Can we identify a distinctively Australian perspective on these questions?
- What are the challenges for Australia today in engaging with human rights related to matters as wide-ranging as sexuality, disability activism, Indigenous rights, linguistic imperialism, refugees, and religious freedoms.
Details and to register: https://www.humanities.org.au/symposia/2017-symposium/