Faculty GUR Group: The Discursive construction of Human rights and the Idea of Asia (Part 1 of 2)

Time: 1/27/2010 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Humanities 102

Judy Pine, Anthropology

In this course, we will explore the idea of Asia as it has been developed in a predominantly Western discourse. We will consider the variety of ideas about the nature of human beings and identity found within the boundaries of what has been labeled “Asia”, consider the significance of the concept of individual agency with regard to the Western notion of human rights, and consider the implications and assumptions of universalizing human rights policies. Taught by a linguistic anthropologist, this course will pay particular attention to the way in which words and conversations (broadly defined) create and work within ideological frames.

Part 1 of a two-part series...

The idea behind the Faculty GUR Group is that faculty–as well as students–need to sustain their general education. With this in mind, the Faculty GUR Group was formed to bring together faculty from different departments across the university in a learning community that will seek to enhance each participant’s general education by relying on each other’s domain of expertise.



For more information please contact: Justina Brown   650-7210