Kerry Bystrom participated in conference "Rethinking the Human Rights Canon"

Faculty member and Associate Dean Kerry Bystrom participated in the conference “Rethinking the Human Rights Canon” organized by the Bard Human Rights Project and the HESP network, which took place at the Hannah Arendt Center on February 5 and 6. The meeting united faculty members from all HESP Network institutions: the Al-Quds Bard College for Arts and Sciences in Jerusalem, the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Bard College, Bard College Berlin, the European Humanities University in Vilnius and The Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences of St. Petersburg State University. The conference was structured around a core group of texts selected by the participating members, and included writings by Marie-Benedicte Dembour, Ratna Kapur, Nora Strejilevich, Craig Calhoun and Hannah Arendt. Discussion topics evolved around the questions of the history and current status of human rights movements today in the different parts of the world where the HESP network is located, what topics they emphasize and what their aims should be. The workshop also explored the questions of how to teach core texts across global regions and what further kinds of cooperation are possible in the field of human rights teaching and research across the campuses.