CGS Seminar (Nov. 16/2017): Bodies, Sexualities and the Arab Spring: The Wounds of International Human Rights

By Centre for Gender Studies (SOAS)|November 1, 2017|CGS Seminar Series, Forthcoming CGS Seminar Series|2 comments

Please join us for a lecture by Scott Long:

Bodies, Sexualities and the Arab Spring: The Wounds of International Human Rights 

Thursday, 16 November 2017


Wolfson Lecture Theatre

Chair: Rahul Rao

This is a strange moment for LGBT people’s human rights: huge, well-publicised triumphs in some regions (particularly Latin America and the global North), and massive, violent backlash in others. International human rights movements celebrate their success in recognizing and integrating sexuality and gender, but these protections clearly still have limited reach – and the celebrations may be both premature and insulting. This dilemma raises questions about what the “international” in these rights, and movements, actually means. Is the “international” an aid to, or a misreading of, the local and the particular? There are concrete lessons for activism in the successes and failures of the Arab Spring, where a particular kind of body politics –including sexuality and gender — played a key role in the overthrow of dictatorships, but also carried its own limitations and inflicted its own wounds.

Scott Long has documented and advocated against human rights abused based on sexuality and gender for more than 25 years, working in countries including Albania, Hungary, Iraq, Nepal, Romania, Turkey, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and the United States. He served as founding director of Human Rights Watch’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights Program until 2010. From 2012-2016, he lived in Cairo, working with Egyptian activists on responses to a mounting state crackdown on trans and queer people.

Rahul Rao is Senior Lecturer at the Department of Politics and International Studies at SOAS.

CGS Seminar Nov. 16th

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  1. Where is the video or podcast? Please upload to youtube! Thanks!

    1. Dear Samir,

      Thank you for the comment. We are working on setting up a Soundcloud page which will include all audio and video recordings of CGS seminars, events and conferences. The page will be active shortly after the Centre reopens from the holidays. Please keep an eye on our Facebook page and your SOAS emails for the announcement to access the Soundcloud page. Many thanks for your patience.

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