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Pity, Empathy and Fear: Human Rights Strategies in Anti-Torture Campaigns, 1960–1980

A public lecture by Dr Víctor Fernández Soriano (Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)) at The University of Melbourne.  

Date: Tuesday 6 February 2018
Time: 5.30–6.45pm
Venue: Kathleen Fitzpatrick Theatre, Arts West Building, The University of Melbourne, Parkville 
Registrations: Online here.
Enquiries: Alumni Office Ph: +61 3 8344 1746 or email che-melb-admin@unimelb.edu.au

This talk examines how human rights advocates such as Amnesty International, international lawyers, and government officials developed emotion-based strategies in their campaigns to generate opposition to state-sponsored use of torture.

Víctor Fernández Soriano is a postdoctoral fellow in History at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). He is the author of Le fusil et l'olivier, Les droits de l'Homme en Europe face aux dictatures méditerranéennes (1949–1977) (L’Éditions de l’Université de Bruxelles, 2015) and has published many articles and book chapters on aspects of European history. His postdoctoral research is on anti-torture campaigns in the 1960s and 1970s.

This public lecture is sponsored by the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at The University of Melbourne and the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions.