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HRI Lunchtime Seminar, Sarah Winter

Tuesday, April 16, 2019
12:30pm – 2:00pm

Storrs Campus
Thomas J Dodd, Room 162

Human Rights Institute Lunchtime Seminar with Sarah Winter, Professor, Department of English, University of Connecticut

“An opportunity of seeing and touching the person”: Habeas Corpus and Political Trials in 1960s South Africa

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 12:30pm - 2:00pm, Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, Room 162, Storrs Campus **Lunch will be provided

Please join us for a lunchtime seminar with Sarah Winter entitled :“An opportunity of seeing and touching the person”: Habeas Corpus and Political Trials in 1960s South Africa.

Focusing on trials of ANC activists, including the famous Rivonia trial of Nelson Mandela and his associates, this talk studies how the habeas corpus procedure enabled the protection of rights to due process under an apartheid regime where civil rights had been foreclosed for Africans. As a framework for understanding human rights, habeas corpus provides a theory of the human person as embodied and visible, so that the political prisoner's status as a subject of human rights also comes into public view. Sarah Winter is Professor of English and Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies at UConn. She is also the director of the Research Program on Humanitarianism at the UConn Human Rights Institute. Her recent publications on human rights in history and literature have appeared in the journals Comparative Literature Studies and NOVEL; and in the Routledge Companion to Literature and Human Rights; the MLA volume on Teaching Human Rights in Literary and Cultural Studies; and the forthcoming Cambridge Companion to Literature and Human Rights. Her talk is taken from her current book project, “The Right to a Remedy: Habeas Corpus and Human Rights in History and Literature,” which was supported by a HRI Faculty Research Fellowship in 2012 and an NEH Fellowship in 2016-17. Investigating how common law courts across the world, a legacy of the British Empire, have contributed since the eighteenth century to the international law of human rights, the project focuses on legal cases involving the use of the writ of habeas corpus to free fugitive slaves and political prisoners, and to enable refugees and asylum seekers to cross borders and seek protection. It also studies fictional narratives that adapt the habeas corpus process in order to contest the legal impunity of the state and its agents for rights violations.


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