13:00 - 14:30
Dr Andrew Fagan
Lectures, talks and seminars
Human Rights Centre Speaker Series
Human Rights Centre
The gentrification of human rights: what is it and why we need to overcome it
Dr Andrew Fagan, Senior Lecturer, School of Law and Human Rights Centre
Chair: Professor Colin Samson, Sociology Department, University of Essex
Andrew Fagan is a Senior Lecturer in Human Rights and is presently Director of Postgraduate Studies (Human Rights) within the School of Law. A philosopher by background, Andrew is presently researching various aspects of the relationship between human rights and identity politics within the context of cultural diversity and moral uncertainty.
Colin Samson is a Professor of Sociology. In 2015/16 he was Eminent Visiting Professor at the American Indian Studies Center at the University of Wyoming. Colin’s scholarship focuses on a number of issues including the land rights of indigenous peoples and the relationship between colonialism and human rights. Since 1994 he has worked with the Innu peoples of Northern Canada. His work with them led to his books A Way of Life that Does Not Exist: Canada and the Extinguishment of the Innu (2003), A World You Do Not Know: Settler Societies, Indigenous Peoples and the Attack on Cultural Diversity (2013), as well as creative partnerships with filmmaker Sarah Sandring on two documentary films, ‘Nutshimit’, (2010), and ‘Nutak’ (2013). In November 2016, Colin volunteered as a water protector at Standing Rock Indian Reservation, and is now writing about the oil pipeline on indigenous lands as an example of the state of exception.