[csaa-forum] AHA 48th Annual Symposium: Humanitarianism & Human Rights

Baden Offord baden.offord at curtin.edu.au
Tue Oct 10 11:39:33 ACST 2017

The Australian Academy of the Humanities
48th Symposium
Wednesday 15 November at the University of Western Australia, with the main program on Thursday 16 and Friday 17 November at the WA Maritime Museum in Fremantle.


Theme: Humanitarianism & Human Rights
This year’s 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.

Speakers include:
Professor Jennifer Burn
Professor Suvendrini Perera
Professor Joseph Pugliese
Professor John Erni
Professor Amanda Nettelbeck
Dr Tim Soutphommasane
Professor Gerard Goggin
Professor John Kinsella
Ms Rabia Siddique

The program has been convened by Professor Susan Broomhall FAHA (University of Western Australia), Professor Jane Lydon FAHA (University of Western Australia), Professor Alan Dench FAHA (Curtin University) and Professor Baden Offord (Curtin University).


Professor Baden Offord
Director | Dr Haruhisa Handa Chair of Human Rights Education
Professor of Cultural Studies and Human Rights
Centre for Human Rights Education | Faculty of Humanities

Curtin University
T: | +61 8 9266 7186
E: | baden.offord at curtin.edu.au
CRICOS Provider Code 00301J (WA).

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