Philosophy Seminars 2013 – The Writing and Society Research Centre and Philosophy@UWS present:

Prof. Anna Yeatman – Research Fellow (Whitlam Institute, UWS)

TITLE: The Politics of Human Rights

DATE/TIME: Wednesday 30 October, 3.30 pm – 5.00 pm

PLACE: University of Western Sydney, Bankstown Campus, Building 3, Room 3.G.54  [How to get to Bankstown Campus]

Abstract: The contemporary cosmopolitan and anti-statist conception of human rights is taken by its advocates and some of its critics to be the only conception of human rights.  Yet we should heed the anti-statist nature of this discourse for it betrays an awareness that there is another, alternative discourse of human rights, one that centres on the idea of sovereignty.  This paper is given to the specification of this alternative anti-statist discourse of human rights, and to the argument that this can be the only defensible conception of human rights.

Anna Yeatman is currently a professorial research fellow attached to the Whitlam Institute at the University of Western Sydney. She is currently working on a suite of activities within the Human Rights and Public Life program. From 2008-2012 she was the director of the Centre for Citizenship and Public Policy at UWS.  Before this she was a Canada Research Chair in Political Science at the University of Alberta (2003-8), and before that she was the Chair of Sociology at Macquarie University (1993-2003). Recent publications include: Individualization and the Delivery of Welfare Services (2009), and two co-edited collections, State, Security and Subject Formation (Continuum 2010) and Action and Appearance: Ethics and the Politics of Writing in Hannah Arendt (Continuum 2011).  She is working on a set of essays on contemporary civil philosophy.

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