The human rights movement has done a great deal of good in improving the lives of people around the globe, however, as evidenced by recent political upheavals, its embodiment as a contemporary ‘ethics of progress’ is increasingly being questioned. Events such as Brexit point to the role played by cultural and political factors in the realisation of human rights and raise the issue of the role of the social sciences in helping to ensure human rights as a lived reality.
In light of this, the Social Sciences Committee of the Royal Irish Academy is organising a conference on ‘Human Rights and the Social Sciences’ which will take place in Academy House in Dublin on Thursday 22nd June 2017 (10am-4.15pm).
The idea of the conference is to build bridges between the knowledge domains of the social sciences and those of human rights. Specifically, the aim is to explore the potential of the social sciences to contribute to the critical study of power and inequality in societies where a gulf exists between human rights ideals and lived experiences. To this end, the colloquium will therefore address (i) the differences of approach between the fields of human rights and the social sciences (such as the social scientific emphasis on realism and power) and (ii) their mutually complementary roles (including the role of the social sciences as a ‘critical friend’).
The keynote address will be delivered by Prof. Conor Gearty, LSE who will speak on the topic of ‘Is the era of human rights drawing to a close?’. Other speakers will address issues as diverse as human rights and security, the rights of refugees, and economic and social rights.
The event will attract 4 CPD points and certificates of attendance will be available. Full programme and registration are available here . (https://www.ria.ie/human-rights-culture-and-critique).