Workshops, conferences 2018


The Family, Human Rights and Internationalism

Global Historical-Sociological Perspectives

2-3 November 2018
University of Göttingen

- by invitation only -

Venue: Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity (MPI-MMG)

Dr Julia Moses, Dept. of History, University of Sheffield & Institute of Sociology, University of Göttingen
Prof Matthias Koenig, Institute of Sociology, University of Göttingen & Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity

Keynote speakers include Professor Glenda Sluga (University of Sydney) and Professor Miloš Vec (University of Vienna)

Historical and historical-sociological research on human rights discourse and law has abounded in recent years. However, it has neglected one of the key issues that informed early thinking about human rights in the nineteenth century: the family as a protected category. This conference addresses this issue by approaching it from the perspective of global historical sociology. In this way, the conference also sheds important light on the historical diffusion of cultural and legal norms on the family and sexuality. It reflects on various religious and other concepts of the family and considers how they emerged and spread across the globe along with human rights. How have human rights law and discourse intersected with imaginaries of the family and sexuality? How has this connection taken shape in different historical contexts? And, how has it evolved from the late nineteenth to the twentieth century?

The conference brings together historians and historical sociologists interested in global norm dynamics related to the family through international law, international institutions, empires, and migration. Papers will focus on these issues from a historical perspective covering the nineteenth as well as the twentieth century. They will also consider various mechanisms through which norms on the family intersected with ideas about human rights, for example, through empires and their collapse; intellectuals; war; and, migration, amongst others. The conference features case studies on regions from around the globe, as well as those on relevant international organisations and individuals who have been influential in this regard.