International Symposium: Human Rights Agend in the post-Pandemic Era May 20-23, 2021

Over a year and a half, the global pandemic has added new and unprecedented challenges for human rights on top of existing ones. Uncovering the pervasive inequality and injustice of the neoliberal world order, the pandemic has demonstrated the fragility of social and economic rights all over the world, and the profound ways in which they bear on the right to life.

It is in this context that the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey organises the international symposium, “Human Rights Agenda in the Post-Pandemic Era”. Some of the major questions we will be adressing are:

  • What does the corporatization of states signify for human rights?
  • How to defend truth in a post-truth world?
  • What do new technologies hold for the future of human rights? How should the human rights movement rise up to the challenges of the post-pandemic era?
  • What to learn from ongoing struggles?
  • And how to imagine new strategies?

    With the participation of scholars and activists from Turkey and abroad, the symposium will be held online on May 20-23, 2021. It aims to bring together activists, scholars, and the general public –particularly social groups with a potential to engage in human rights struggle– for discussing the alarming agenda of human rights and producing ideas with a view to overcoming current challenges.


Étienne Balibar | Emeritus Professor at Paris X Nanterre and Anniversary Chair of Modern European Philosophy at Kingston

Türkcan Baykal | Medical doctor, clinical psychologist and human rights defender. She graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at Ege University

Tarık Beyhan | Campaigns and Communications Director at Amnesty International – Turkey. Having studied economics at Istanbul

Gaye Boralıoğlu | Graduate degree in philosophy and logic at the Faculty of Literature at Istanbul University

Éric Fassin | Professor of sociology in the Political Science Department and co-chair of the Gender Studies

Ahmet İnsel | Economist and political scientist

Warren Montag | Brown Family Professor of Literature at Occidental College in Los Angeles

Zeynep Gambetti | PhD in political philosophy from Paris Diderot University (Paris 7)

Aslı Odman | Social scientist, lecturer at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University and a founding volunteer of Istanbul Occupational Safety and Health Assembly

Ranjana Padhi | Feminist activist and writer based in Odisha in East India

Ronald Niezen | Distinguished James McGill Chair, Professor of Anthropology and Associate Member of the Faculty of Law at McGill University

Nilgün Toker | Studied philosophy at Ege University (Izmir) and completed her PhD at Paris Saint-Denis University (Paris 8)

Feride Aksu Tanık | Professor of Public Health in HRFT Academy. She is a co-founder of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey, and serves at Turkish Medical Association’s Ethics Committee.

The full programme is available here | Register pressing here

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