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28.09.2017 - 29.09.2017

Humanitarianism and Charity: Expressions of or Alternatives to Socioeconomic Rights?
Veranstaltungsort: Leibniz-Institut für Europäische Geschichte, Alte Universitätsstraße 19, 55116 Mainz Veranstalter: Fabian Klose (Leibniz-Institut für Europäische Geschichte) Wissenschaftliche Veranstaltung für ein interessiertes Fachpublikum. Um Anmeldung wird gebeten.

At this international conference at the Leibniz Institute of European History in Mainz, as part of the Leverhulme International Network ‘Rights, Duties and the Politics of Obligation: Socioeconomic Rights in History’, international scholars discuss the history of socioeconomic rights from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries. In particular, they focus on the complex relationship between a discourse on socioeconomic rights and debates about humanitarianism and charity thus seeking to connect these two important fields of research. In this context the leading questions are: How has humanitarianism and charity figured within the rhetoric of rights? How have the politics of obligation differed between voluntary and rights-based approaches to dealing with socio-economic crises and deprivations? How have states and NGO’s tried to balance providing for urgent needs with the more long-term development of a rights-based approach upheld by the sovereign state?