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Shadows of Universalism: The Untold Story of Human Rights Around 1948

Shadows of Universalism: The Untold Story of Human Rights Around 1948
2 Sussex Ave, Innis Town Hall
Time: Apr 13th, 4:00 pm End: Apr 13th, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: Women/Gender, Law, Faculty of , East Asian Studies (FAS), Comparative Literature (FAS), 2000-
Talk by Lydia H. Liu, Columbia University

The Asian Institute and the Department of East Asian Studies presents

Shadows of Universalism: The Untold Story of Human Rights Around 1948

How did self-determination get written into human rights? And by whom? In her lecture, Lydia Liu reopens the story of how the postwar norms of human rights were radically transformed by unexpected clashes with the classical standard of civilization in international law. She analyzes the drafting of the document of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as well as the UN debates surrounding it to explore the translingual forging of universalism in the multiple temporalities of global history.

Lydia H. Liu is the Wun Tsun Tam Professor in the Humanities and Director of the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University. She is a Guggenheim Fellow in 1997 and a Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin in 2004-05. Her publications include The Freudian Robot: Digital Media and the Future of the Unconscious (2010), The Clash of Empires: The Invention of China in Modern World Making (2004), and Translingual Practice: Literature, National Culture, and Translated Modernity (1995). Recently, she published a co-edited volume called The Birth of Chinese Feminism: Essential Texts in Transnational Theory (2013) with Rebecca Karl and Dorothy Ko.

This event is free and open to all. Registration is required. For further information, please contact Rachel Ostep at 416-946-8996


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