Humanitarianism and human rights will be in focus when the Australian Academy of the Humanities holds its 48th Annual Symposium in Fremantle from 15-17 November.
Convened by UWA Fellows Susan Broomhall and Jane Lydon, along with colleagues from Curtin University, the symposium will examine the history of human rights.
Topics will include religious freedom, political representation and colonial engagement.
The symposium will examine the challenges for Australia today in engaging with human rights related to matters as wide-ranging as sexuality, disability activism, Indigenous rights, linguistic imperialism, refugees, and religious freedoms.
Professor Lydon said the symposium offered participants an opportunity to tackle issues such as belonging, displacement, violence and freedom from multiple disciplinary angles.
“Ideas such as belonging and citizenship are useful lenses through which to look at current issues such as refugees, persecution and the treatment of vulnerable communities,” Professor Lydon said.
“The prestigious Annual Academy Lecture will be given by novelist, descendant of the Noongar people of Western Australia and Honorary Academy Fellow Professor Kim Scott.”
To learn more about the symposium, visit the website.
Verity Chia (Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education) (+61 8) 6488 1346