Current Research: Cultures of Human Rights

We can think of human rights as law, as politics, as a language of moral norms, or as all of these in combination. Virtually everyone agrees that these framings of human rights are transmitted through culture, over time. But to what effect? Some argue that culture gets in the way of human rights or vice versa, but my research is orientated around another set of questions. How can we recognize specific “cultures of human rights” and, once we have recognized them, how are human rights “managed” as a question of culture? The answers to these questions clarify the relation of literature and the arts to human rights, but they also surface the unspoken politics of human rights.

Additional Research: Colonialism/Post-colonialism, Gender, and Sexuality

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