MARCH 4, 2016 - Activism in the Shadows of Universalism

The Human Rights Research and Education Centre invites you to the presentation:

Activism in the Shadows of Universalism: Where Is Human Rights, Then and Now?

Friday, March 4, 2016
10 to 11 a.m.
Fauteux Hall – FTX570
(57 Louis-Pasteur, uOttawa)

This event will be bilingual.


Meredith Terretta shows how historical inquiry contributes to an understanding of contemporary human rights as contingent. Using 20th century Africa as a case study, Terretta focuses on transregional activism to demonstrate that rights claims from colonial settings preceded a discursive structure of universal human rights emerging in 1948.


  • Meredith TERRETTA | Associate Professor, Department of History, Faculty of Arts, University of Ottawa

Meredith Terretta earned her PhD in history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She teaches history at the University of Ottawa and specializes in themes of African liberation movements, decolonization, nation-building, and human rights. She currently holds a membership at the Institute for Advanced Study, School of Historical Studies at Princeton University (2015-2016) where she is working on a book entitled Along the Global Fringe: Rogue Lawyers as Rights Activists in Africa from the 1920s to the Early Independence Era. Her research has been supported most recently by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Cambridge.

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