The Untold Story of Human Rights: Lydia Liu, April 25, 2014
Shadows of Universalism:
The Untold Story of Human Rights Around 1948
The IAS Interpretation and Translation Studies Collaborative presents Lydia H. Liu, Columbia University.
How did self-determination get written into human rights? And by whom? In her lecture, Lydia Liu reopens the story of how the postwar norms of human rights were radically transformed by an unexpected clash with the classical standard of civilization in international law. She analyzes the drafting of the document of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as well as the UN debates surrounding it to explore the translingual forging of universalism in the multiple temporalities of global history.
Lydia H. Liu is the Wun Tsun Tam Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University and co-director of the Center for Translingual and Transcultural Studies at Tsinghua University, Beijing. She was a Guggenheim Fellow in 1997 and a Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin in 2004-2005. Her publications include The Freudian Robot: Digital Media and the Future of the Unconscious (2010), The Clash of Empires: The Invention of China in Modern World Making (2004), and Translingual Practice: Literature, National Culture, and Translated Modernity (1995). Recently, she published a co-edited volume called The Birth of Chinese Feminism: Essential Texts in Transnational Theory (2013) with Rebecca Karl and Dorothy Ko.
Liu will also participate in a discussion at 11:30am on her book, The Freudian Robot: Digital Media and the Future of the Unconscious.
Cosponsored by the IAS Interpretation and Translation Studies Collaborative, the Institute for Global Studies, the Human Rights Program, and the Departments of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, Asian Languages and Literatures, Political Science, and History. This discussion occurred April 25, 2014, at 3:30pm in Crosby Seminar Room, Northrop.
Tagged Asian Languages and Literatures, Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, Global Studies, History, Human Rights, Human Rights Program, International Law, Interpretation and Translation Studies, Lydia Liu, Political Science, Postwar, Translation, United Nations