THE HUMAN RIGHTS RESTORATION-REVOLUTION
-a talk by Dr. Marco Duranti with commentary by Samuel Moyn
With UNESCO's 1949 Human Rights Exhibition its point of departure, this talk will consider the historical moment of the so-called "human rights revolution" in the late 1940s. Dr. Duranti's analysis of the forces that first championed human rights invites a reflection on how far this moment should be considerd revolutionary in the first place. Instead, Dr. Duranti suggests that human rights became a means of reticulating discredited political agendas in postwar Europe, and thus the moment in question may have constituted as much restoration as revolution.