Atlantic Justice in the Pacific World: Property, Rights, and Indigeneity
17 July 2009, 1–5pm
Sutherland Room, Holme Building, Science Road, The University of Sydney
Sydney Sawyer Seminar
Convenors: Duncan Ivison and Andrew Fitzmaurice
Presenters: Sankar Muthu, (University of Chicago)
Jennifer Pitts, (University of Chicago)
Andrew Fitzmaurice, (University of Sydney)
As Europeans turned to the Pacific they brought with them a well-established Atlantic framework for thinking about rights. And, indeed, thinking about the Pacific helped to inspire some of the most prominent Enlightenment philosophers and historians. But by the nineteenth century this whole edifice was falling apart. The understanding of what it was to have a right underwent dramatic changes, which often had devastating consequences for colonized peoples. The aim of this seminar will be to examine the role of the Pacific in the transformation of our understanding of rights.
The session is free, but registration is essential. RSVP to Katherine Anderson firstname.lastname@example.org or 02 9036 5347 by July 13.