Seminar: Can human rights defeat nationalism? – University of Copenhagen

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Seminar: Can human rights defeat nationalism?

On December 13th, CRIC has the pleasure to invite you to a seminar with Marie Curie Research Fellow Lea David from the School of Sociology at University College Dublin. Lea David will present her research on the human rights understanding of memorialization and on how this understanding promotes and mandates supposedly universal memorialization standards, asking whether in so doing it weakens or by contrast, often strengthens ethnic nationalism.

How to sign up? To register, please send an email to no later than December 11th 2017
An article by Lea David will be circulated upon registration, and you are invited to take part in discussion of the article.

When and where? The seminar takes place December 13th 2017 at 4-5:30 pm in the afternoon 2017 in room 25.0.01 (CRIC's meeting room), Øster Farimagsgade 5, 1353 Cph K.

4-4:30pm: Lecture "Can human rights defeat nationalism?" w. Lea David
4:30-5:30pm: Discussion

Abstract of the paper
The article deals with the rise of memorialization standards and policy-oriented attempts to engage transitional societies to develop and adopt specific normative forms of remembrance. The transitional justice paradigm has brought a tremendous change moving the paradigm from a “duty to remember” to policy-oriented “memorialization standards” that promote Western memorial models as a template for the representation of past tragedies or mass crimes. The article argues that the human rights regime mandates normative standards that de-historicize and de-contextualize local knowledge key, which not only disables different patterns of dealing with a traumatic past but also may strengthen societal divisions on the ground. 

Lea David has received a Marie-Curie Post-Doctoral Fellowship and is now a part of the School of Sociology at UCD in 2017. Lea holds a PhD at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Ben Gurion University, Israel. 

About research seminars at CRIC
The research seminar is a forum for academic debate, organized around the paper, and is conducted on the assumption that the paper has been read by participants