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Human Rights and Neoliberalism:
Universal Standards, Local Practices, and the Role of Culture

Friday, March 2 - Saturday, March 3, 2007

UC Santa Barbara’s Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, HSSB 6020

Free and Open to the Public


Conference Schedule

Friday, March 2 (McCune Conference Room, HSSB 6020, UC Santa Barbara)

9:30 - 10:00AM Introduction Carl Gutiérrez-Jones
10:00 - 11:15AM Panel One
Moderator: Susan Derwin (German and Comparative Literature, UCSB)
Giles Gunn (English and Global and International Studies, UCSB) "Thinking about the Human in a World of Rights"
Russell Samolsky (English, UCSB) "Killing Dogs: Animality and Human Rights"
11:15AM - 12:30PM Panel Two
Moderator: Shirley Geok-Lin Lim (English, UCSB)
Rosa-Linda Fregoso (Latin American and Latino Studies, UCSC) "Human Rights and the Poetic Imagination"
Clyde Woods (Black Studies, UCSB) "'Congolese Dilemma': Neo-Liberalism and the Masking of Blues Culture and Human Rights in Post-Katrina New Orleans"
12:30 - 1:15PM Lunch
1:15 - 2:30PM Panel Three
Moderator: Rita Raley (English, UCSB)
Chris Newfield (English, UCSB) "From the Golden Arches to Abu Grahib: Human Rights in a Culture of Force"
Micheline Ishay (International Human Rights Program, U Denver) "Defying Neoliberalism: Human Rights, Culture and War"
2:30 - 3:45PM Panel Four
Moderator: Curtis Marez (Critical Studies, USC)
Ralph Armbrsuter-Sandoval (Chicana and Chicano Studies, UCSB) "Is another peace movement possible? Is another
immigrant rights movement possible? Race, Empire, Culture, and Resistance: Notes on Constructing Unlikely Alliances"
Arturo Aldama (Ethnic Studies, U Colorado, Boulder) "The Timeless Color of Violence: Time, Trauma and Social Justice"
4:00 - 6:00PM Keynote Address

Campbell Hall, UC Santa Barbara

Tariq Ali "Rights and Needs: Neoliberalism, Democracy and Military Humanism"
7:00PM Dinner for Conference Participants
Saturday, March 3 (McCune Conference Room, HSSB 6020, UC Santa Barbara)
10:00 - 11:15AM Panel Five  
Moderator: George Lipsitz (American Studies, Black Studies, and Sociology, UCSB)
Bishnupriya Ghosh (English, UCSB) "In Search of Forests: Wresting Human Rights from State Governance"
Elisabeth Weber (Germanic, Slavic, and Semitic Studies, UCSB) "'All Those Neighbors': Remarks on Derrida and Ronell"
11:15AM - 12:30PM Panel Six  
Moderator: John Foran (Sociology, UCSB)
George Lipsitz (American Studies, Black Studies, and Sociology, UCSB) "Human Rights and Abolition Democracy"
Sandra Angeleri (Anthropology, Universidad Central de Venezuela) "Legislating on the Right of Women to Have a Life free from Violence: A Gendered Metacritique of Decolonizing Nationalist Politics of Community Making in Venezuela"
12:30 - 1:15PM Lunch (provided)  
1:15 - 2:30PM Panel Seven  
Moderator: Bishnupriya Ghosh (English, UCSB)
Kavita Philip (Women's Studies, UCI) "Rights to Information: Technology, e-governance and the public sphere in post-liberalization India"
Rita Raley (English, UCSB) "The Right to Mobility"
2:30 - 3:45PM Panel Eight  
Moderator: Guisela Latorre (Chicana and Chicano Studies, UCSB)
Debra Castillo (Romance Studies and Comparative Literature, Cornell U) "Impossible Indian"
Curtis Marez (School of Cinema and Television, USC) "Seeing Skeletons: the Visual Culture of Farmworker Movements"
3:45 - 4:30PM Closing Remarks
7:00PM Dinner for Conference Participants