Universal Differences?

5th of June 2010

Ours is a world in which truth shares equal footing with opinion, where equality is at odds with liberty, where difference is held up as sacrosanct and plurality is strictly often brutally enforced. As such, can we still speak of such a thing as universality today?

Focusing on the most famous contemporary invocation of universality, the discourse of universal human rights, we will debate the meaning as well as the merits of the concept of universality, and consider the role it has to play in contemporary politics.

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Introduction:

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Gerhard Hoffstaedter, – Research Fellow, La Trobe University

Coordinator:

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Alex Ling lecturer, University of Melbourne

Participants:

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Miriam Bankovski, Lecturer in Political Theory

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Ruby Murray – Writer/researcher in gender and the environment

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Deb Chapman, Community Development Activist/Lecturer, VU

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