Mittwoch, 23. Mai 2018, 18:30 - 20:00 iCal

Human Rights and the Idea of Choice

Sophia Rosenfeld

(Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History an der University of Pennsylvania)


10. Gerald-Stourzh-Vorlesung zur Geschichte der Menschenrechte und der Demokratie

Im Rahmen der Vorlesungsreihe Geschichte am Mittwoch

In Kooperation mit dem Forschungsschwerpunkt "Diktaturen, Gewalt, Genozide"

Hörsaal 41 (HS) im Hauptgebäude der Universität Wien
Universitätsring 1, 1010 Wien


This talk will consider the importance of the idea of choice for the development of the modern human rights movement. The notion of freedom entailing the proliferation of both opportunities for choice-making and choices themselves is widely understood to be central to the rise of consumer culture in the West. This understanding of freedom-as-choice should, however, equally be recognized as critical to conceptions of the self that increasingly shaped human rights ideology from the eighteenth century onward. In this talk, I will explore how this came to be by focusing less on key philosophical texts than on the rise of new, quotidian social practices associated with choosing, including both voting (in which one is asked to pick representatives) and couple-based social dancing (in which one is asked to pick potential romantic or marriage partners), that flourished in the wake of the age of revolutions.

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Historisch-Kulturwissenschaftliche Fakultät


Brigitta Bader-Zaar / Martina Fuchs
Institut für Geschichte
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