HUMAN RIGHTS AFTER 1945 IN THE SOCIALIST AND POST-SOCIALIST WORLD
German Historical Institute, Warsaw
March 3 – 5, 2016
Histories of late twentieth century global change have focused on its perceived winners on a macro-scale: democratic capitalism, global markets and individual rights. In such formulations, the “socialist world” and its history appear irrelevant to understanding global processes and unable to inform liberal Western democratic societies.
The global rise of human rights might look like a particularly striking case in point. The formal guarantees of rights in socialist societies, after all, seemed to have no substantial effect on these societies’ political and legal practices, and the debate on civil society in “the West” which east European human rights activists had inspired during the 1980s, did not survive socialism’s fall in that region. Continue reading [CFP] Human Rights after 1945, 3-5 March 2016