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Cultural Rights in the World:

11 March 2020
12:30 - 14:00

Comparative Perspectives from Brazilian, French and South African Cities

Date: 11 March 2020    |    Time: 12h30 – 14h00   
Venues in Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town
Livestream via Vidyo

Professor Lionel Arnaud, University of Toulouse, France

Panel discussants
Dr Julie Lourau, Catholic University, Salvador, Brazil
Professor Leslie Bank & Ndimpiwe Mkuzo, HSRC


Professor Richard Haines, South African Cultural Observatory

Cultural rights, in their various iterations as precepts, principles and ultimately internationally-recognised laws, are clear and specific. They are articulated in various ways in human rights treatises and government policies, and as such generate their own discourses and impacts. At the same time, groups of cultural activists have sought to define cultural rights in different ways from below and have drawn up their own declarations, which challenge official policies and definitions.

This seminar is concerned with the tensions between the ways in which cultural rights are discussed and defined by national governments and international agencies, on the one hand, and how they are expressed, deployed and activated by communities at the local-level in urban communities in Brazil, France and South Africa. The seminar brings together a multidisciplinary team of anthropologists, geographers, political scientists and sociologists based in Cape Town, Salvador de Bahia and Toulouse to explore how the proclamation of cultural rights promotes the mobilization of self-organized communities, and how the work of these cultural activists at the local level challenges official discourse and practice.
Professor Lionel Arnaud is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Toulouse, France, and the leader of a joint pilot project CultuRight, which is funded by the Ministère de la Culture in France and the University of Toulouse, and involves a relationship with Universidade Católica do Salvador in Brazil and the HSRC in Cape Town, South Africa.

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Pretoria: HSRC Video Conference Room, 1st  floor HSRC Library, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria.
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Cape Town: HSRC Video Conference Room, Merchant House 116-118 Buitengracht Street, Cape Town.
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Durban: HSRC Video Conference Room, The Atrium, 5th Floor, 430 Peter Mokaba Ridge, Berea, 4001.
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The HSRC seminar series is funded by the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI). The views and opinions expressed therein as well as findings and statements of the seminar series do not necessarily represent the views of the DSI. Please also note that this seminar may be recorded and published on the HSRC podcast channel.