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Writing and Righting

Online event hosted by University of Birmingham, Birmingham, Edgbaston, B15 2TT
Writing and Righting panellists


Perhaps at no point since their modern inception in the middle of the twentieth century have human rights seemed so weak as they do now.

The universal ambitions of human rights have been declared an enemy of the people by right-wing nationalists, and called to account for their failure to challenge structures of world power and inequality by the left. Yet as contempt for human life and dignity grows more explicit by the day, we have never needed human rights -- or something like them -- more.

Cultures that devalue human expression and curiosity are never going to be good for human rights. How can we think again about the relationship between the arts and justice? What has literature historically contributed to the development of human rights? Are books always good for human rights in the ways we have imagined previously? Or have we become lazy in our assumptions about the obvious humanity of books? What new challenges to imagining justice might writers bring to our politics, courts, and institutions?

Join our distinguished panel of writers, academics and cultural commentators (details below) to discuss and to launch the publication of Lyndsey Stonebridge's new collection of essays, Writing and Righting (Oxford University Press).


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