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'Human Rights on the Move' Book Published

July 5, 2024

'Human Rights on the Move' Book Published

Blue background with text: HUMAN RIGHTS ON THE MOVE

With support from the Global Arts + Humanities and Wexner Center for the Arts, Momar Ndiaye, Amy Shuman, and Wendy Hesford’s  edited volume, Human Rights on the Move, launches OSU Press' book series, On Possibility: Social Change and the Arts and Humanities.

Published in June 2024, contributors include several Ohio State faculty, GAHDT faculty and GAHDT Society of Fellows members: Victor Espinosa (Sociology); Guisela Latorre (WGSS); Paloma Martinez-Cruz (French and Italian/English); Momar Ndiaye (Dance); Tiyi Morris (AAAS); Elaine Richardson (Teaching and Learning); Mary Thomas (WGSS); and Jennifer Suchland (Slavic and WGSS).

This collection foregrounds arts and humanities methods and practices in their critical engagement with and new formulations of the promise of human rights and its confounding paradoxes. In this regard, Human Rights on the Move considers both the potential and limitations of human rights to address the many forms of human rights violations, including the carceral systems that prevent movement, the gendered and racial restrictions placed on movement, the lack of access that assures movement only for those who have the ability to move, the forced movement of slavery and the histories of movements such as settler colonialism. Facing violence and persecution, people move with the hope of more livable and equitable futures.

Although some policy makers and scholars regard human rights policy to be ineffectual, people experiencing human rights violations on the ground are in desperate need of attention and action. By examining human rights from the perspective of artists and scholars working on the ground with people across the globe, this book offers new insights and new ways of rethinking human rights.

Praise for Human Rights on the Move

“Human Rights on the Move reinvigorates discourses and practices of human rights by expanding their reach. With contributors from academic, activist, and performative arenas, the collection offers dynamic conversations about how human rights, despite their paradoxes, shape a ‘living practice’ of advocacy and possible interdependence.” 
—Alexandra S. Moore, author of Vulnerability and Security in Human Rights Literature and Visual Culture

“Neither universal nor particular, the practice of human rights offered in this collection centers the relational and interdependent emergence of linked transnational struggle. By engaging humanness as a moving target, always in contestation, the contributors open human rights’ decolonial potential, making this book a must-read.” 
—Julietta Hua, author of Trafficking Women’s Human Rights