UIC Institute for the Humanities


Conferences

Rousseau

The Department of French and Francophone Studies,
The School of Literatures, Cultural Studies and Linguistics,
the Institute for the Humanities
at the University of Illinois at Chicago

and The Cultural Service at the Consulate General of France in Chicago

present

“Inequality and Exclusion: The Theory and Practice of Human Rights”
October 17-19, 2012

2012 marks the 300th anniversary of the Genevan/French writer and philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s birth, and the 250th anniversary of his Social Contract, one of the cornerstones of modern political thought.

To celebrate these milestones, the University of Illinois of Chicago ans the Cultural Service at the Consulate general of France in Chicago will host a conference around the theme “Inequality and Exclusion: The Theory and Practice of Human Rights.”

Supported by the

The Book Department of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy
Institut Français

This conference is free and open to the public.
Preregistration is not necessary, but is appreciated so we can calculate attendance.

                                                                  

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 6:30 pm
Alliance Française de Chicago,

54 West Chicago Avenue

 Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Trois Cent Ans/300th anniversary

To commemorate the birth of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, born in Geneva 300 years ago and still celebrated as one of the greatest Genevan/French thinker and writer: Screening of 4 short films illustrating aspects of his oeuvre, followed by a discussion with Megane Laverty, associate professor of Philosophy and Education, the Teacher’s College, Columbia University. A wine and Swiss cheese reception will follow as well as a book sale of Rousseau’s main titles.

Supported by the Consulate General of Switzerland in Chicago.


Thursday, October 18, 2012
from 10 a,.m. – 5 p.m.
Institute for the Humanities, lower level Stevenson Hall, 701 South Morgan

9 AM coffee

9:30    Welcome, Graham Paul, Consul General of France

Astrida Tantillo, Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Rousseau, Rights, and Representation

Moderator:  Yann Robert, French Studies, UIC

 Sunil Agnani, English and History, UIC
 "Enthusiasm, Enlightenment and Revolution: Edmund Burke's misrecognition of Jean-Jacques
  Rousseau”

 Susan Maslan
, French, University of California, Berkeley
  “Multiplying and Dividing the Human: Politics and Biopolitics in Rousseau”

 Elizabeth Wingrove
, Political Science, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
 “Universalism v. The General Will: Thinking the Politics of Human Rights with Rousseau”

 Michel Agier
, Anthropologue, directeur de recherche à l'IRD (Institut de recherche pour le
 développement) et directeur d'études à l’École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS)
 "A Cosmopolitan Condition : Rousseau, Arendt, and the Supernumeraries"

 
12 p.m. Lunch Break

2 p.m. – 4 p.m.  Roundtable: Precarity and Citizenship

 Moderator:  Stephen Engelmann, Political Science, UIC


 Amalia Pallares, Political Science and Latino and Latin American Studies, UIC
 “The Rights of the Undocumented: Retheorizing Citizenship”

 Guillaume Leblanc,
Professeur de philosophie à l'Université Michel de Montaigne Bordeaux 3
 "Becoming Invisible. What is a Precarious Life?"

 Sébastien Chauvin,
Maître de conférence en sociologie à l'Université d'Amsterdam
 "Five Research Propositions for a Theory of Employment Precariousness"

 Alexander Kaufman
, Political Science,University of Georgia
  "Choice,Responsibility and Equality"

4:30 -5 p.m. Wrap-up Statement

 Moderator:  Norma C. Moruzzi, Political Science, UIC

 Peg Birmingham, Philosophy,DePaul University
"Revolutionary Declarations : State of Right vs. Right of Opposition" 

Friday, October 19, 2012 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Institute for the Humanities, lower level Stevenson Hall, 701 South Morgan

10 a.m. Coffee, materials fair

11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Roundtable: What Can Be Done? The Frontlines of Humanitarian Action

 Moderator:  Jeffrey GoreGlobal Learning Community, UIC
 
 David Rohi
, Sociologue, Responsable de la commission "éloignement" de La Cimade
 "Undocumented foreigners in detention centers : defending their rights in a situation of acute exclusion”

 Michel Agier: "Is an anthropology in/of the humanitarian apparatus possible?
Ethnographical observations, personal experience and political participation as a board
member at Doctors without Borders (France)"

 Laurene M. Heybach, Director, The Law Project of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless 
 
 Tania Unzueta, Youth Immigration Justice League

1 pm.  Lunch break

Saturday 20th, 2012, UIC, 9:30am – 12:30pm 
Professional Workshop for French Teachers (in French)

 For information or to register, please contact Jean Francois Rochard

 Inequality and exclusion in France today: how to introduce and talk about it in French class

Jean-François Rochard, Attaché culturel adjoint

On the occasion of the conference "Inequality and Exclusion: The Theory and Practice of
human rights" at the University of Illinois at Chicago (18-19 October), the Cultural Services of the Consulate General of France in Chicago is organizing, in partnership with the Alliance Française de Chicago, a professional training workshop for French teachers on the social and political issues of inequality and exclusion in France today:

              How to introduce and talk about it in French class? 
             What teaching materials and methods?

What kinds of intercultural approaches can be used to understand the different types of exclusion as well as the public and private policies currently in place to fight against social inequality?

SPONSORS

UIC Department of French and Francophone Studies
UIC School of Literature, Cultural Studies and Linguistics
UIC Institute for the Humanities
Consulate General of Switzerland in Chicago
Consulate General of France in Chicago
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