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Human rights have emerged from the concept of natural rights and the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen during the American and French Revolutions in the eighteenth century, and culminated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10, 1948, when it was adopted by the UN General Assembly. However, it was not until the 1970s that human rights discourse has begun dominating global agendas, and scholars have been sparring over the genealogy of human rights. The nineteenth-century trajectory of human rights discourse, the relationship between interwar minority rights and post-World War II human rights, and the relationship between civil rights and human rights have emerged as three major historical problems, and all have bearings on our research dilemmas at Duke. The conference will track the concept of human rights from the eighteenth through the twentieth centuries, paying special attention to the historical transition from natural rights to human rights, to the nexus of terror and human rights in the French Revolution and interwar Europe, and to the intimate relationship between the concept of minority/human rights and the development of international law and institutions.

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Human rights have emerged from the concept of natural rights and the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen during the American and French Revolutions in the eighteenth century, and culminated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10, 1948, when it was adopted by the UN General Assembly. However, it was not until the 1970s that human rights discourse has begun dominating global agendas, and scholars have been sparring over the genealogy of human rights. The nineteenth-century trajectory of human rights discourse, the relationship between interwar minority rights and post-World War II human rights, and the relationship between civil rights and human rights have emerged as three major historical problems, and all have bearings on our research dilemmas at Duke. The conference will track the concept of human rights from the eighteenth through the twentieth centuries, paying special attention to the historical transition from natural rights to human rights, to the nexus of terror and human rights in the French Revolution and interwar Europe, and to the intimate relationship between the concept of minority/human rights and the development of international law and institutions.

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    Human Rights in the Late Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries - Panel

    Human Rights in the Late Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries - Panel

    Panel I: Human Rights in the Late Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries


    Matthew Specter, Assistant Professor of History, Central Connecticut State University | “Decline of Natural Rights, Rise of Humanitarianism? Emplotments of the 19th Century in Recent Human Rights History”

    • 27 min
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    Human Rights in the Late Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries - Discussion

    Human Rights in the Late Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries - Discussion

    Response & Discussion to:

    Panel I: Human Rights in the Late Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

    • 1 hr
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    Human Rights in the Twentieth Century - Panel

    Human Rights in the Twentieth Century - Panel

    Panel II: Human Rights in the Twentieth Century
    Carole Fink, Humanities Distinguished Professor of History, Ohio State University | “Minority Rights/Human Rights: The Versailles System in Perspective”

    Samuel Moyn, Professor of History, Columbia University | “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 in the History of Cosmopolitanism”

    • 23 min
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    Human Rights in the Twentieth Century - Discussion

    Human Rights in the Twentieth Century - Discussion

    Responses and Discussion for:

    Panel II: Human Rights in the Twentieth Century
    Carole Fink, Humanities Distinguished Professor of History, Ohio State University | “Minority Rights/Human Rights: The Versailles System in Perspective”

    Samuel Moyn, Professor of History, Columbia University | “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 in the History of Cosmopolitanism”

    • 1 hr 22 min
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    Human Rights at Duke University

    Human Rights at Duke University

    Panel III: Human Rights at Duke University

    Malachi Hacohen, Center for European Studies
    Suzanne Shanahan, Kenan Institute for Ethics
    Suzanne Katzenstein, Duke Law School

    • 39 min
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    Human Rights at Duke University - Discussion

    Human Rights at Duke University - Discussion

    Response and Discussion to:

    Panel III: Human Rights at Duke University Discussion
    Malachi Hacohen, Center for European Studies
    Suzanne Shanahan, Kenan Institute for Ethics
    Suzanne Katzenstein, Duke Law School

    • 52 min

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