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Rights, the Human, and Literature in Early Modernity
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When: Friday, April 28, 2017
10:00 AM
Where: Segal Theater
The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York  10016
United States

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“Rights, the Human, and Literature in Early Modernity” will be held in the Segal Theater at the CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, on April 28. The full conference schedule is below, and you may follow the link to register.

10:00–11:30, Opening Plenary
Eric Nelson (Harvard), “Liberalism and Theodicy”
Respondent: Joy Connolly (Graduate Center)

11:30–11:45, Coffee Break

11:45–1:00, Rights in Continental and Eastern traditions

Chair: Clare Carroll (Graduate Center)
Zvi Ben-Dor Benite (NYU), “The Right to Write Islam: Muslim Literati in Early Modern China”
Domna Stanton (Graduate Center), “‘Perpetual Peace,’ from Grotius to Kant: A Precursor to Human Rights?”
Christopher N. Warren (Carnegie Mellon), “Angels and Diplomats”

2:00–3:30, Rights in the early modern Atlantic world
Chair: Sarah A. Covington (Graduate Center)
Herman Bennett (Graduate Center), “Before the Human: Africans, Sovereigns, and Slaves”
Sarah Rivett (Princeton), “Natural Equality without Political Rights: Missionary Linguistics and the Limits of Universalism in Early America”
Sharon Achinstein (Johns Hopkins), “New World Behn: Languages of the Body and Questions of Humanity”

3:30–4:00, Coffee Break

4:00–5:30, Closing Plenary / Joseph A. Wittreich Lecture in Milton Studies
Mary Nyquist (Toronto), “Hobbes, Milton, and the Right of (Political) Resistance”
Respondent: John M. Archer (NYU)

5:30-6:30, Closing reception in History lounge (Room 5114)

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