ACIL Luncheon

06Dec2016 13:00 - 14:00


In this ACIL Luncheon, Luca Bonadiman will present a paper that discusses the recent historiographical turn in human rights, filtered through postmodern lenses.

The aim of the paper is to construct an articulated critique on the Western conception of history and law. This is done in two steps. First, the paper outlines what a historiographical turn is and what are the inner limits of it as well as the problems arising in respect to human rights. The paper exposes the intended approach and subsequently develops it by tracing on Luigi Pirandello's theatrical play Six Characters in Search of an Author. The second part of the paper is accordingly composed of six characters, each narrating his particular version of the human rights history. To make sense of these histories, the paper adopts the analytical categories set forth in Hayden White's Metahistory. This approach focuses on the dynamic among self-constructing subjectivities and their respective identities, emphasizing the Western struggle against nihilism.

Luca Bonadiman is a PhD Candidate at the City University of Hong Kong and currently Visiting Researcher at the ACIL.


Faculty of Law, University of Amsterdam

Oudemanhuispoort 4-6, Room A101


The ACIL regularly organizes ACIL Luncheons at which ACIL researchers and visiting fellows present aspects of their work, discuss recent developments, cases, ideas, etc. ACIL Luncheons aim to advance interaction and exchange of research. They are open to all; registration is not required.

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