Jessica Whyte (Philosophy & Law, U. of New South Wales) & Emma Meyer (History, (Emory, PhD 2020) on Topics of Decentering Migration & Decolonizing Humanitarianism
Jessica Whyte, ‘The Opposite of Humanity’: Anti-colonial Challenges to International Humanitarian Law”
This talk considers the contributions of post-colonial nations and national liberation movements to international humanitarian law in the 1970s. Rejecting the view that their role was to confirm the incipient universalism of the humanitarianism of the Red Cross, Whyte traces their attempt to re-orient international humanitarian law to serve struggles for decolonization.
Emma Meyer, “Managing Migrants, Resettling Refugees”
In the mid-twentieth century, colonial-era efforts to regulate and control migrants of Indian descent crossing the Bay of Bengal became central to later systems of managing displacement in South Asia. This talk focuses on Visakhapatnam, India, which has become a continuous site of resettlement for displaced people since WWII.
Jessica Whyte is Scientia Associate Professor of Philosophy and Law at the University of New South Wales, Australia. She is author of The Morals of the Market: Human Rights and the Rise of Neoliberalism (Verso, 2019).
Emma Meyer holds a PhD in modern South Asian history from Emory University. Her research focuses on the intersections of migration, labor, citizenship, and humanitarianism.
This webinar will be 1 hour, consisting of presentations by Whyte, & Meyer, conversation with Sawyer Seminar faculty, and discussion of write-in questions from viewers. Audience camera and audio will be turned off.
Part of the Mellon Sawyer Seminar Series, 2020-2021, "Humanitarianisms: Migration and Care through the Global South" at UW. bit.ly/humanitarianisms
Funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Simpson Center for the Humanities, and The Graduate School. Cosponsored by the South Asia Center; the Departments of Law, Societies, & Justice; History; and Philosophy.
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