"Frågan om människovärde: En kritisk studie av mänskliga rättigheter i rasismens och migrationens tidevarv”

  • Date: –12:00
  • Location: Engelska parken Geijersalen - Eng 6-1023
  • Doctoral student: Madelene Persson, Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology. Opponent: Johanna Gustavsson Lundberg, Docent. (Lund).  Supervisor: Professor Elena Namli. 
  • About the dissertation
  • Organiser: Teologiska instituionen
  • Contact person: Elena Namli
  • Disputation

Doctoral thesis - "The issue of human dignity: A critical study of human rights in the era of racism and migration".

(The dissertation will be in Swedish)
As the number of seats in the hall is limited with regard to the ongoing corona pandemic, it is possible to follow the dissertation via Zoom. Link is available after contact Martin Langby at martin.langby@teol.uu.s

Abstract [en]

The starting point for this project is that human rights stand in fundamental opposition to racism. The reason for this is that human rights, as they have been developed within the framework of the United Nations, are founded upon the recognition of every person's equal value as a human being – the principle of human dignity. Today, however, it is possible to find several instances where human rights are being invoked in ways that legitimate and strengthen racism.

The aim of this dissertation is to examine this dual relationship between racism and human rights. First, it examines the issue of how different understandings of human rights affect their capacity to make visible, counteract, and protect against contemporary forms of racism. Second, it considers how human rights should be used and interpreted in order to remain compatible with the principle of respect for human dignity. This will help to make visible contemporary forms of racism. Read more here