Institute of Historical Studies
Institute of Historical Studies

Conference: Human Rights Constitutionalism: Global Aspirations, Local Realities Day 1 of 2 (co-sponsor with Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, in the School of Law)

Thu, February 13, 2014 | Eidman Courtroom (CCJ 2.306)

This year the Annual Conference of the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice is entitled “Human Rights Constitutionalism.” The conference is meant to explore the causes and consequences of the movement of rights from constitutions, mostly of the global center, into international instruments, and then back down into constitutional texts, mostly of the global periphery. The conference will take place on February 13 and 14, 2014, here in Austin, Texas. We expect the papers to focus on some aspect of three very broad topics: the history of rights in domestic constitutions, tensions between the universal and the particular (the international and the domestic) in Human Rights Constitutionalism, or the domestic deployment of international rights. We have tentative commitments from historians, social scientists, and comparative constitutionalist legal academics on three continents. Our goal is to foster a discussion that crosses disciplinary and geographic boundaries, to explore whether and how the distinct viewpoints can shed more light on this phenomenon.

Mark Philip Bradley, Professor of International History and the College, University of Chicago

Mark Philip Bradley is the Bernadotte E. Schmitt Professor of International History and the College and the Chair of the Committee on International Relations at the University of Chicago. His work focuses on twentieth century U.S. international history, the history of human rights politics, and postcolonial Southeast Asian history. He is currently working on a book for Cambridge University Press that explores the place of the United States in the twentieth century global human rights imagination, as well as editing a collection of essays on iconic American texts and co-authoring a book on the international history of the Vietnam wars. His recent books include Vietnam at War (Oxford University Press, 2009) and Making Sense of the Vietnam Wars (Oxford University Press, 2008), which he co-edited. He is also the author of Imagining Vietnam and America: The Making of Postcolonial Vietnam (University of North Carolina Press, 2000), which won the Harry J. Benda Prize from the Association for Asian Studies, and Truth Claims: Representation and Human Rights (Rutgers University Press, 2001). He has published widely on subjects including colonial and post-colonial Vietnam, the Vietnam War, United States’ role in the history of human rights, and has published articles in the Journal of American History, the Journal of World History, and Dissent. Professor Bradley is president-elect of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations and is a co-editor for the Cornell University book series The United States in the World. He holds a B.G.S. and A.M. from the University of Michigan, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University.

Samuel Moyn, Professor of European Legal History, Columbia University

Samuel Moyn is a James Bryce Professor of European Legal History in the Department of History at Columbia University. He has written extensively on the history of human rights and on modern European intellectual history, with special interests in France and Germany, political and legal thought, historical and critical theory, and Jewish studies. Professor Moyn has been awarded the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship; the Frederick Burkhardt Fellowship for Recently Tenured Scholars (American Council of Learned Societies); the Sybil Halpern Milton Memorial Book Prize (German Studies Association); the Mark van Doren Teaching Award (Columbia College); the Columbia University Distinguished Faculty Award; the Morris D. Forkosch Prize (Journal of the History of Ideas); and the Koret Foundation Jewish Studies Publication Prize. He is the author of copious articles and several books, including Human Rights and the Uses of History (Verso, 2014), The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History (Belknap/Harvard University Press, 2010), Origins of the Other: Emmanuel Levinas Between Revelation and Ethics (Cornell University Press, 2006), and A Holocaust Controversy: The Treblinka Affair in Postwar France (Brandeis University Press, 2005). Professor Moyn also currently serves as a member of the Graduate Admissions Committee for Columbia University. He earned his B.A. from Washington University, M.A. and Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley, and J.D. from Harvard University.

Manu Bhagavan, Professor of History, Hunter College, CUNY Graduate Center

Manu Bhagavan is a historian and the author or (co-) editor of 5 books, most recently the critically acclaimed THE PEACEMAKERS / INDIA AND THE QUEST FOR ONE WORLD (HarperCollins India, 2012; Palgrave Macmillan 2013). He teaches at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, The City University of New York, where he is Professor of History and Chair of the Human Rights Program at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute. Manu has been a fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies and President of the Society for Advancing the History of South Asia, and has been interviewed by CNN-IBN, BBC World Radio, Press TV, World Citizen Radio, INI9, and HuffPost Live.

Sponsored by: Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, School of Law, Institute for Historical Studies in the Department of History

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