Humanitarism to Human Rights



Davide Rodogno, The Graduate Institute Geneva
Barbara Metzger, Center of International Studies in Cambridge
Keith David Watenpaugh, UCDavis
J. P. Daughton, Stanford
Joel Beinin, Stanford University
Priya Satia, Stanford University

Date and Time

June 1, 2012 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM


Open to the public.

No RSVP required


Board Room Stanford Humanities Center

This workshop will discuss key historical events that led to the emergence of humanitarianism and human rights as major ideological movements in the modern world.  In addition to a history of ideas, we will explore important moments – such as the abolition of slavery, episodes of colonial brutality, and the Cold War – when humanitarian ideals came under scrutiny. We will also examine shifting narratives and media strategies that missionaries, activists, governments, non-governmental organizations, and other “humanitarians” have employed to draw global attention to crises and abuses. 

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