30 september 2013: Conference Beyond Merchant and Missionary. Samuel Moyn and the quest for a holistic history of Human Rights, 1945-present.
Den Haag, 30 september 2013, Koninklijke Bibliotheek Lees verder ▼
Whereas Moyn focuses mainly on the United States, the situation on the other side of the Atlantic – in self-proclaimed Human Rights pioneering country the Netherlands in particular – might be different and perhaps even more interesting. Here Moyn’s analysis raises new questions on the recent history of the Human Rights debate in the Netherlands that are interesting not only to scholars who are directly involved with the topic, but even more to those who are working on the history of social movements, politics and religion, for in all these fields the need for the Netherlands to be an international pioneer on the topic was the subject of heated discussion.
However, in the Netherlands Human Rights is a very specialized field that consists mostly of lawyers and a handful of anthropologists and International Relations scholars. Especially the latter group has focused extensively on the history of Human Rights, but mainly on one aspect – the response of the Dutch government to violations by other countries and the truth and fiction of the so-called Dutch international pioneering or missionary role. What is missing so far is a more comprehensive and interdisciplinary narrative including elements of political history and social movements, memory, intellectual history, economics and (legal) philosophy. What is further lacking is a clear focus on the European Union reality in which the Netherlands exists. Samuel Moyn’s contributions and questions are a reason and a framework for the revitalization of the study of the history of Human Rights.
With this conference we are preparing the way for a new, comprehensive and interdisciplinary analysis of Human Rights history (1945-2013). We are bringing together different disciplines, but also renowned academics and talented young professionals. We intend to trigger those who study Human Rights to ask new questions and those who are working in an adjacent area to include the concept of Human Rights and the ideas of the Human Rights movement and to face legal-philosophical complexity in their analysis.
We are honoured to announce that Samuel Moyn of Columbia University (New York City) will deliver the opening (key-note) speech of the conference. Professor Moyn works primarily on modern European intellectual history, with special interest in France and Germany, political and legal thought, historical and critical theory and Jewish studies – and on the history of human rights.
This Conference is organised by Dr. Maarten van den Bos (IKV-Pax Christi) and René Rouwette (Utrecht University/Netherlands Institute of Human Rights SIM) on behalf of the Royal Netherlands Historical Society with the support of the School of Human Rights Research.
The entrance fee (including coffee, thee, lunch and drinks afterwards is €10,- for students and members of the KNHG, non-members pay € 20,-. The amount can be wired to 6934391 t.n.v. KNHG, Den Haag. (IBAN NL25 INGB 0006 9343 91, BIC INGBNL2A)
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