Gerd Hurm ©Amerikahaus München

BAA Conference 2018

The State of Human Rights: Historical Genealogies, Political Controversies, and Cultural Imaginaries

Heike Paul ©Amerikahaus München
Jane Lydon ©Amerikahaus München
Saskia Sassen ©Amerikahaus München

Thursday, 5 July 2018

13.30 Registration

14.00 Young Scholars Panel: Human Rights
Chair: Kerstin Schmidt
(University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt)

  • Florian Tatschner (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg):
    "We Seek Our Basic, God-Given Rights as Human Beings": Hoping for Human Rights in the Work of César Chávez
  • Suncica Klaas (University of Potsdam):
    Writing Wrongs – Righting Wrongs: Human Rights and Testimoniality in the Contemporary American Autobiography
  • Katharina Matuschek (University of Regensburg):
    "These People are Animals": Dehumanization and the Effort to Regain Humanity in Prison Autobiographies

15.30 Coffee Break

16.00 Speakers

  • Lars Vadjina (University of Tuebingen):
    Human Rights and Jimmy Carter: On a Mission to Change the World
  • Robin Oliver Leick (University of Munich, LMU):
    The Bumpy Development of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union as a Prime Example of the Genesis of Human Rights Codifications

17.30 Coffee Break

18.00 Conference Opening

  • Welcome
    • Heike Paul, Bavarian American Academy, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
    • Stephen Ibelli, U.S. Consulate General Munich                                                                
  • Award Ceremony: BAA Dissertation Award

19.00 Keynote Address and Reception

Saskia Sassen (Columbia University):
Toward a New Language of Human Rights

Friday, 6 July 2018

09.00 Panel I: Inventing Human Rights in the Pre-Modern Era
Chair: Prof. Dr. Volker Depkat
(University of Regensburg)

  • Kerstin von Lingen (University of Heidelberg/ University of Vienna):
    The Legacy of the Marten's Clause: Debating Crimes Against Civilians, 1899-1945
  • Micheline Ishay (University of Denver):
    Human Rights in the Age of Populism

10.30 Coffee Break

11.00 Panel II: Democracy and the Quest for Human Rights in Troubled Times
Chair: Jürgen Gebhardt
(University of Erlangen-Nuremberg)

  • Benjamin Gregg (University of Texas at Austin):
    The Human Rights State Within And Beyond Sovereign Nations
  • Regina Kreide (University of Gießen):
    Human Rights as Placeholders: Between Legitimacy and Criticism

12.30 Lunch Break

14.00 Panel III: 'Rights on Paper': Intersections between Literature and Human Rights
Chair: Kerstin Schmidt
(University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt)

  • Greta Olson (University of Gießen):
    From Law and Literature to Literature and Human Rights
  • Crystal Parikh (New York University):
    "I Haven't Come Back... I've Come Here": American Innocence and the Refugee Child
  • Martin Puchner (Harvard University):
    Cultural Rights and World Literature

16.00 Coffee Break

16.30 Panel IV: The Cultural Imaginary of Human Rights after World War II in a Transatlantic Perspective
Chair: Heike Paul
(University of Erlangen-Nuremberg)

  • Jane Lydon (University of Western Australia):
    Visualizing Human Rights and Constructions of Indigeneity: UNESCO's Human Rights Exhibition in Australia, 1951 – The Shared Visual Language of Photography?
  • Gerd Hurm (University of Trier):
    "The Family of Man" (1848/1955): Feminist Foremothers, Women's Rights, and Human Rights

18.30 BAA Members Meeting (members only)

Saturday, 7 July 2017

10.00 Panel V: Civil Rights and Law
Chair: Erik E. Lehmann
(University of Augsburg)

  • Peter T. Wendel (Pepperdine School of Law):
    Civil Rights and Law in the U.S.: Historical Roots and Recent Developments
  • Thomas M.J. Möllers (University of Augsburg):
    A Comparative and Critical View of Civil Rights and Law in the U.S. and Germany

12.00 Concluding Keynote
Chair: Heike Paul
(University of Erlangen-Nuremberg)

Heiner Bielefeldt (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg):
Human Rights: Practice and Philosophy

 13.00 End of Conference

The 18th International Academy Conference was organized by the Bavarian American Academy (BAA) and supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the U.S. Consulate General Munich.

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