Upcoming Events

Wednesday, April 10 - LN-1106 (IASH), 4:30 p.m.
"Given Time, Stolen Time: Refuge and Expulsion in the Global War on Terror"
Angela Naimou, Clemson University

(co-sponsored with the Department of English)

How do refugee and immigrant lifeworlds reckon with the capacity of the state to grant refuge and order expulsion? How have the writings and politics of Vietnamese and Iraqi diasporas shaped each other as part of broader discussions of war and migration? This talk considers these questions through readings of contemporary literature, theory, and ongoing deportation cases.

Angela Naimou, Associate Professor of English at Clemson University, teaches and writes about contemporary literature and its capacious engagements with histories of law, empire, race, migration, and the state. She is currently at work on a book project entitled "Refugee Futurity: Global Forms of Refuge and Refusal." She is Co-Editor of Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development (U Penn Press) and Associate Editor of the journal Contemporary Literature (U Wisconsin). She currently serves as Treasurer for The Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present (ASAP).

 April 12-13 - Binghamton Art Museum

Technologies of Human Rights Representations Conference: A SUNY Conversation in the Disciplines

5:15 p.m. Friday, April 12

Keynote speaker:

Eric Gottesman, SUNY Purchase and All of Us, Inc.

"For Freedoms: Art as Civic Infrastructure"

Reception to follow 

Friday, April 12

9:45 - 10 a.m.

Panel 1: 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Cultural Production and Human Rights

Panel 2: 1 - 2:40 p.m.
Moral and Ethical Parameters of Human Rights Research

2:45 - 3:30 p.m. - Student Research Poster Exhibition

Panel 5: 3:30 - 5 p.m.
History, Human Rights, and the Future

Saturday, April 13

Panel 3: 9:30 - 11:15 a.m.
Quantification and/of Human Rights

Panel 4: 12:45 - 2:15 p.m.
Science, Technology and Human Rights

2:45 - 3:45 p.m. - Technology Workshop

 Tuesday, April 23 - LN-1106, IASH, 4:30 p.m.

"Between the Migrant and Refugee: Ambiguous Figures in African Narratives of Displacement "

Eleni Coundouriotis, University of Connecticut

(co-sponsored with the Department of English)

This lecture tackles two lines of argument in the field. First, that perhaps we need to blur the lines that distinguish migrants from refugees in Africa and, second, that the theme of migration has since 2000 become extremely prominent in African letters and is defining a new transnational literature. Are these claims valid and do they help us in understanding the refugee experience in particular, which seems to be receding even more dramatically from view? 

Wednesday, April 24

Reading Group on Race and the History of International Human Rights Law

Contact for information



Past Events



⇒ Wednesday, March 13
Lecture: "Catastrophic Refuge: The Flood Blues of Sterling Brown and Bessie Smith" 
(co-sponsored with the Department of English)
Sonya Posmentier, New York University


⇒ Tuesday, Nov. 27
Reading group: Race in International Human Rights Law.

  • Discussion of Grovogui, Sovereigns, Quasi Sovereigns, and Africans

⇒ Tuesday, Oct. 9
Professor Bert Lockwood, editor, Human Rights Quarterly and the Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights book series (UPENN Press) on interdisciplinary research and publishing in human rights.

⇒ Tuesday, Oct. 16
Filmmaker and alumna Stephanie Black: Class visits and screening her two films, "Life and Debt" and "H2Worker"



⇒ Thursday, Jan. 18
Reading Group: "Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Right to Have Rights"
The Right to Have Rights (Verso, 2018)
rStephanie DeGooyer, Willamette University

⇒ Thursday, Jan. 18
Lecture: "Hannah Arendt and the Refugee Crisis"
(co-sponsored with the Department of English)
Stephanie DeGooyer, Willamette University

⇒ Wednesday, Jan. 31
Lecture: "Hijacking Human Rights: Neoliberalism, the New Historiography, and
the End of the Third World"
(o-sponsored with the Department of English)
Joseph Slaughter, Columbia University


⇒ Thursday, Feb. 1
Pedagogy Workshop: Suspicion of Empathy in Teaching Human Rights
Joseph Slaughter, Columbia University

⇒ Monday, Feb. 5
Pedagogy Workshop -- Interdisciplinary Approaches to Human Rights Law
Elizabeth S. Anker, Cornell University

⇒ Monday, Feb. 5
Lecture: "Screening Immigrant Rights, or the Biopolitical Constitution of Europe"
(co-sponsored with the Department of English)
Elizabeth Anker, Cornell University

⇒ Friday, Feb. 16
Arms Transfers and Human Rights: A Conversation with Allan Suchinsky

⇒ Monday, Feb. 26
Pedagogy Workshop: Teaching the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Professor Alexandra Moore, Binghamton University


⇒ Wednesday, March 21
Reading Group: Mohamedou Ould Slahi, Guantánamo Diary

⇒ Tuesday, March 27
Public Dialogue with Mohamedou Ould Slahi, former detainee and author of
Guantánamo Diary


⇒ Monday, April 9
Human Rights Institute Research Colloquium

⇒ Monday, April 9
Keynote: "On Accountability and Human Rights"
Larry Siems, Knight First Amendment Institute, Columbia University

⇒ Tuesday, April 10
Human Rights Institute Research Colloquium

⇒ Thursday, April 12
Lecture: "An Aesthetics of Kin and the Rights of the Child in Minor U.S. Literatures"
(co-sponsored by the Department of English)
Crystal Parikh, New York University

⇒ Friday, April 13
Pedagogy Workshop: Teaching Race and Rights
Crystal Parikh, New York University

⇒ Tuesday, April 24
Michael Bronner, director, producer, screenwriter

⇒ Wed., April 25
Pedagogy Workshop -- Teaching Capitalism and Human Rights
Professors Suzy Lee, Jakob Feinig, and Alexandra Moore, Binghamton University

⇒ Wednesday, April 25
Human Rights, Indigenous Rights: A Dialogue about Decolonizing the Americas
Noel Altaha, Alex Jimerson, and Reynaldo Morales
Hosted by Birgit Brander Rasmussen, Binghamton University


⇒ Tuesday, May 1
Lecture: "Art and Activism"
Ricardo Dominguez and Amy Sara Carroll