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Negotiating Human Rights: Cultural, Legal and Political Framings

January 23-25, 2014

Dep. of Aesthetics and Communication, Aarhus University,
 Langelandsgade 139, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark
Obs: minor changes can occur


The conference will take place at three locations, all situated at the same address: Langelandsgade 139, 8000 Aarhus C:


Kasernescenen, The Foyer, Building1585, situated straight ahead to the left when you enter campus at Langelandsgade 139: The building is marked by the sign “Kasernescenen”. Registration, lunches and evening buffet January 23 will take place in the foyer of Kasernescenen

Small Theatre, Building 1585, entrance at the side: Opening speech and all keynote lectures will take place here

Building 1584, Entrance B, Room 124, situated across campus seen from the entrance: all paper-sessions will take place here.

Please see map for location of campus and buildings. 


Thursday January 23

10.30-11.00: Arrival, Registration

Place: Kasernescenen, The Foyer, Building1585

Karen-Margrethe Simonsen: Welcome and Opening Speech

Place: Small Theatre, Building 1585

Costas Douzinas: "Is there a right (is it right) to revolt? The presentation will bring together classical and contemporary philosophy to understand the new age of resistance the world has entered".

Place: Small Theatre, Building 1585, Chair: Karen-Margrethe Simonsen


13.45-15.15: Session 1: Monstrosity Tales, (Room 124)

Chair: Mads Rosendahl Thomsen

Alexandra Moore: "Vertigo. On The Act of Killing"

Isak Winkel Holm: "Disaster Fiction and Human Rigths"

Christian Axboe Nielsen: "An Analysis of 10 Years of Operations at the ICC"

Coffee Break

15.30-17.00: Session 2: The Rhetoric of Law (124)

Chair: Svend Erik Larsen

Steen Schaumburg-Müller:"Does J.L. Austin’s ’speech act’ theory have any implications for freedom of speech"

Mohd Faizal Musa: "Human Rights in Malay Proverbs"

Belinda Walzer: "Discovering Words WWII, the UDHR and Tracing Normativi-ty in Human Rights"

Coffee Break

17.15-18.15: Session 3: Dystopia and the Welfare State (124)

Chair: Christian Axboe Nielsen

Steven L. B. Jensen: "The Enigma of Arrival – Reconstructing the Cold War History of Human Rights 1945-1993"

Michael Donnelly: "Economies of Love: Rights, Romance, and the Desire Called Dystopia"

Buffet, Building 1585, Kasernescenen, The Foyer

Friday January 24

9.30-10.45: Susan Maslan: "Human Rights between Enlightenment and Post-Modernity"

Place: Small Theatre, Building 1585, Chair: Jonas Ross Kjærgård

10.45-11.00: Coffee Break

11.00-12.30: Session 4: "18thCentury" (124)

Chair: Jakob Ladegaard

Nan Gerdes: "The Right to Oppose Semiotic Deception. Marquis de Sade and the Counter-Enlightenment 1795-1801"

Ayda Barghan: "Fictionalization of Human Rights in Voltaire’s Candide"

Jonas Ross Kjærgård: "Problems in Traffic: Human Rights and the Citizen in Pre-Revolutionary France"

12.30-13.30: Lunch

13.30-14.30: Session 5: "Empathy and Irony" (124)

Chair: Nina Christensen

Helle Porsdam: "Empathy, Literature and Human Rights: The Case of Elliot Persman, The Street Sweeper

Lee Soyoung: "Rhetorical Framing that Traverse Law as Father. Literary Criti-cism of Law and the Narrativization of Minorities in East Asian Contemporary Novels"

14.30-14.45: Coffee Break

14.45-16.00: Lena Halldenius: "Against human rights pragmatism. A neo-roman approach to rights, institutional facts and the structure of claims"

Chair: Steen Schaumburg-Müller

Place: Small Theatre, Building 1585

16.00-16.15: Coffee Break

16.15-17.15: Meeting on Future Collaboration and Networking

- establishment of Scandinavian/International Network on Humanistic Stud-ies of Human rights

- the possibility of collective applications

- development of initiatives to incorporate human rights in teaching

19.00: Dinner in town for those who have registered for this. Restaurant will be announced.


Saturday, January 25

9.30-10.45: Joseph Slaughter: "However Incompletely, Human: Crusoe, Co-lonial Corporations, and Other Partial Creatures of Human Rights"

Place:Small Theatre, Building 1585, Chair: Mads Anders Baggesgaard

Coffee Break

11.00-12.30: Session 7: Gender and Globalization (124)

Chair: Helle Porsdam

Elena Butti: "Human Rights on Stage. A Case Study on the Use of Boal’s Fo-rum Theatre to Enhance Gender Equality"

Marie Juul Petersen: "Human Rights, Religion and the Provision of Aid"

Elizabeth Swanson Goldberg: "Culpability as Continuum: The Figure of the Perpetrator in Narratives of Sex Trafficking"


13.30-14.30: Session 8: Global Voices (124)

Chair: Karen-Margrethe Simonsen

Chrystal Parikh: "Discontents of the Global Nation. Bringing a Human Rights Method to Bear on American Literary and Cultural Studies"

Mads Anders Baggesgaard: "The Migrating Earth: Cinema in Haiti"


The conference is arranged by the research group,

Humanistic Studies of Human Rights, Aarhus University.

Director: Karen-Margrethe Simonsen

Hosted by Dep. of Aesthetics and Communication, Aarhus University

Supported by the Danish Research Council for Culture and Communication


Questions regarding this program can be sent to Karen-Margrethe Simonsen or Jonas Ross Kjærgaard