Throughout 2014, the Globalism Research Centre continued to initiate and promote a wide range of events related to the research activities the centre undertakes, and the related research themes.
Global injustice, human rights abuse and political responsibility
Presenter: Associate Professor Anthony J. Langlois, Flinders University, Adelaide
Event details: Wednesday 14 May, 5.30 pm to 7.00 pm
Venue: Industry Engagement Room, Building 37, Level 3, Room 18, 411 Swanston Street, City Campus
How should we take political responsibility for injustice and human rights abuse in our rapidly globalizing and interconnected world? How should we understand this question as individual social agents? And how should we understand our role and place as individual agents within the structures, processes, institutions and relationships of an interconnected world?
In this presentation, Associate Professor Anthony J. Langlois considers these questions in light of the recent posthumously published work Responsibility for Justice by Iris Marion Young. This work contains an innovative account of justice and responsibility, with a focus on social-structural processes and borders. Langlois will critically engage Young’s account of how we should assume responsibility for global injustice. Her account of responsibility is critical of individualistic responses (such as those developed by Peter Singer) which deny collective responsibility for structures and processes, and force individuals to act alone. Langlois will consider whether Young’s account avoids the pitfalls of alternatives like Singer’s, with a focus on her key example of human rights abuse of sweatshop workers. Langlois will critically discuss the resources that Young’s account provides for advancing our ability to pursue and enact political responsibility for global justice.
About the speaker:
Associate Professor Anthony J. Langlois is Head of the Discipline of International Relations at Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia. He was educated at the University of Tasmania and the Australian National University. Langlois is the author of The Politics of Justice and Human Rights: Southeast Asia and Universalist Theory (Cambridge University Press, 2001) and Co-Editor of Global Democracy and its Difficulties (Routledge 2009) and Australian Foreign Policy: Controversies and Debates (Oxford University Press, 2014). He has published articles in Millennium: Journal of International Studies, Review of International Studies, Political Studies, Human Rights Quarterly, Global Society, Politics, Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy and a variety of other journals. He sits on the Editorial Advisory Boards of several journals, including Ethics and International Affairs and The Journal of HumanRights. His areas of academic endeavour include International Relations, Human Rights, International Political Theory, Political Philosophy, Ethics and Moral Philosophy. In 2010 he was a Senior Visiting Fellow for six months in the Centre for International Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science. In 2014 he will visit at the Centre for Advanced International Theory at the University of Sussex.
Domestic violence: policy making and victim support in Timor-Leste
Presenters: Luisa Reis Marcal, Psychosocial Recovery and Development in East Timor (PRADET) & Fatin Hakmatek program (Safe House); Teresa Pereira, Centru Feto Haburas Dezenvolvimento, (CFHD - Centre for Women’s Growth and Development); Damian Grenfell, Globalism Research Centre, RMIT University
Event details:Thursday 10 April 2014, 6.00 pm for 6.30 pm start
Venue: Emily McPherson Building, RMIT Building 13, Level 3, Multipurpose Room 7, RMIT University City Campus, corner Russell & Victoria Street, Melbourne
Since the end of the Indonesian occupation in 1999, and formal independence in 2002, domestic violence has been frequently identified as an acute social problem in Timor-Leste. This seminar brings together practitioners from Timor-Leste with academics working on this issue to discuss how domestic violence is both understood in the country, and how different organisations are seeking to provide support to victims.
Making presentations will be Luisa Reis Marcal, who is a founding member of PRADET (Psychosocial Recovery and Development in East Timor) and Coordinator of the Fatin Hakmatek program (Safe House), and Teresa Pereira, who is the founding Director of Centru Feto Haburas Dezenvolvimento (CFHD - Centre for Women’s Growth and Development) in Baucau. Both Teresa and Luisa will be discussing how their organisations provide support to victims of domestic violence and the kinds of challenges faced. Joining them will be Damian Grenfell, who works at RMIT University and is part of a research team working on the economic dimensions of domestic violence in Timor-Leste.
This event has been organised by the Globalism Research Centre and the Matadalan Ba Malu Program.