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Featuring an all-star line up this panel discussion will examine the ways in which human rights and culture are brought into contestation, consonance and accommodation
Global Frictions: A Seminar Series hosted by the Centre for Global Research presents ‘Culture and Human Rights: Contest, Consonance and Accommodation’, a panel discussion featuring: Dr Maree Pardy (University of Melbourne), Sonia Randhawa (Centre for Independent Journalism, Malaysia, and University of Melbourne).
Convened by Dr Julian Lee (RMIT)
Abstract: Human Rights are often thought to be universal, but they are also often contested and decried as foreign or Western impositions that do not accommodate local cultural values, histories or practices. This panel discussion brings together academic and activist perspectives to examine the ways in which human rights and culture are brought into contestation, consonance and accommodation. By what means do activists reconcile supposed conflicts between culture and human rights? What are the political contexts of these supposed conflicts? And how should academics think through specificities of culture and the universality of rights? These questions are especially important at a time when, in many countries, multiculturalism is under fire for being too accommodating of the values of minority groups that are ostensibly at odds with those of the majority. Drawing on Australian and Asian contexts in particular, this panel will explore these questions to advance our appreciation for the complexities inherent in this important issue.
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