ISRF Book Launch Reminder: Struggles for the Human
Next Thursday: An in-person book launch and conversation with Dr Lara Montesinos Coleman, author of Struggles for the Human.
Has liberalism reached its limit in foreign affairs? Can we develop a better alternative to the Western internationalism that seems to spur abuses even as it objects to them?
In ‘Struggles for the Human’, Lara Montesinos Coleman blends ethnography, political philosophy, and critical theory to reorient debates on human rights through attention to understandings of legality, ethics, and humanity in anticapitalist and decolonial struggle. Drawing on her extensive involvement with grassroots social movements in Colombia, Coleman observes that mainstream expressions of human rights have become counterparts to capitalist violence, even as this discourse disavows capitalism’s deadly implications. At the same time, she rejects claims that human rights are inherently tied to capitalism, liberalism, or colonialism, instead showing how human rights can be used to combat these forces. Coleman demonstrates that when social justice struggles are rooted in marginalized communities’ lived experiences, they can reframe human rights and offer a blueprint for constructing alternative political economies. At the book launch, Coleman will discuss the concrete struggles for justice she has witnessed. Coleman’s work reveals the transformative potential of human rights and invites readers to question and reshape dominant legal and ethical narratives.
Lara will be joined by two panelists: Ayça Çubukçu, Associate Professor in Human Rights at the London School of Economics and author of For the Love of Humanity: The World Tribunal On Iraq (2018); and David Whyte, Professor of Climate Justice at Queen Mary University of London and author of Ecocide: Kill the Corporation Before it Kills Us (2020). A Q&A will follow, moderated by Lars Cornelissen, ISRF Academic Editor.
Join us from 6:30pm on Thursday 15th February at BLOC, Queen Mary University of London (ArtsOne, Mile End Road, London, E1 4PA). Register Now.
This event is the thirtieth in the ISRF’s series of Book Launches.
And coming soon…
What do we learn about climate change from beekeepers and bees in northeastern Bosnia and Herzegovina? What do we learn about the changing relations between species as climate change upends the environment in which both have adapted? How should we respond when, in the words of one of the beekeepers who appears in this book, “The life of the bees and the beekeeper’s know-how are now coming apart”?
Dr Larisa Jašarević will be joined by three panelists: William Gallois, Professor of the History of the Mediterranean Islamicate World at the University of Exeter, and author of Qayrawān: The Amuletic City (2024); Karim Lahham, Senior Research Fellow at the Tabah Foundation, Cairo and author of The Anatomy of Knowledge & The Ontological Necessity of First Principles (2021); and Nur Sobers-Khan, Director of the Aga Khan Documentation Center, MIT and - from 2015 to 2021 - Lead Curator for South Asia Collections at the British Library. A Q&A will follow, moderated by Chris Newfield, ISRF Director of Research.