Dignity in Adversity – A Workshop with Seyla Benhabib, 22 March 2013, 9.30-6.00pm, Senate House
Woburn Suite, Malet Street, London WC1E
Seyla Benhabib is one of the leading theorists of citizenship, democracy and rights, and the challenges and opportunities posed to their traditional configuration within sovereign nation states by multiculturalism and globalisation. This workshop discusses her latest collection of essays on the topic – Dignity in Diversity– Human Rights in Troubled Times, Polity Press, 2011. Those interested in attending must commit to reading the relevant chapters and playing an active part in the discussion. Spaces are limited and attendees must register. To do so, go to: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/european-institute/events/s-benhabib
This workshop has been organised by UCL’s European Institute and the Department of Political Science under the Yale-UCL partnership programme.
10-11.00 Seyal Benhabib, `Dignity in Diversity – An Overview’
11.15-12.15 Laura Valentini (UCL) on
`Another Universalism: On The Unity and Diversity of Human Rights’
12.15-13.15 Saladin Meckled-Garcia (UCL) on
Is There a Human Right to Democracy?
14.15-15.15 Richard Bellamy (UCL) on
Twilight of Sovereignty or the Emergence of Cosmopolitan Norms.
Rethinking Citizenship in Volatile Times.
15.15-16.15 Cecile Laborde (UCL) on
The Return of Political Theology, The Scarf Affair in Comparative Constitutional Perspective: Turkey, France and Germany.
16.30-17.30 Andy Sabl (UCLA, Princeton) on
Claiming Rights Across Borders: International Human Rights and Democratic Sovereignty
Seyla Benhabib is the Eugene Meyer Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at Yale University.
She is the author of Critique, Norm and Utopia. A Study of the Normative Foundations of Critical Theory (1986); Situating the Self. Gender, Community and Postmodernism in Contemporary Ethics (1992; winner of the National Educational Association’s best book of the year award) ; together with Drucilla Cornell, Feminism as Critique (1986);
then with, Judith Butler, Drucilla Cornell and Nancy Fraser, Feminist
Contentions: A Philosophical Exchange(1994); The
Reluctant Modernism of Hannah Arendt(1996; reissued in 2002); The Claims of Culture. Equality and Diversity in the Global Era, (2002) and The Rights of Others. Aliens, Citizens and Residents (2004), which won the Ralph Bunche award of the American Political Science Association (2205) and the North American Society for Social Philosophy award (2004). Another Cosmopolitanism. Hospitality, Sovereignty and Democratic Iterations, based on Professor Benhabib’s 2004 Tanner Lectures delivered at Berkeley, with responses by Jeremy Waldron, Bonnie Honig and Will Kymlicka appeared with Oxford University Press in 2006. Her latest book is Dignity in Diversity– Human Rights in Troubled Times, Polity Press, 2011
She has also edited 8 volumes, ranging from discussions of communicative ethics, to democracy and difference, to identities, allegiances and affinities, and gender, citizenship and immigration. The latest is a volume coedited with Judith Resnik of the Yale Law School and called, Mobility and Immobility. Gender, Borders and Citizenship (2009).
She has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Science since 1995 and has held the Gauss Lectures (Princeton, 1998); the Spinoza Chair for distinguished visitors (Amsterdam, 2001); the John Seeley Memorial Lectures (Cambridge, 2002), the Tanner Lectures (Berkeley, 2004) and was the Catedra Ferrater Mora Distinguished Professor in Girona, Spain (Summer 2005). She received an Honorary degree from the Humanistic University in Utrecht in 2004 and the Ernest Bloch Prize in 2009.