Comparative Perspectives from Brazilian, French and South African Cities
Date: 11 March 2020 | Time: 12h30 – 14h00
Venues in Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town
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Professor Lionel Arnaud, University of Toulouse, France
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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